The Movement For the Survival of the Ijaw Ethnic in Niger Delta (MOSIEND), has condemned the alleged refusal of the Ministry of Interior and the Nigerian correctional centres to carry out the order for the release of 159 prisoners granted state pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari.
MOSIEND said the refusal to obey the Presidential Order despite the failing health of most of the beneficiaries of the state pardon is an affront that should not be tolerated and condoned.
MOSIEND, in a statement issued on Monday and sent to DAILY POST in Yenagoa by its Secretary-General, Ambassador Wiston Cotterel Amain, also commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for the decision to grant a state pardon to a son of the Niger Delta region, Mr. Ebiware Edmund and 158 others serving various jail terms in the nation’s correctional facilities.
“We will forever be grateful for this singular act of Mr. President if we see Mr Ebiware Edmund as a free man reunited with his immediate family, friends and loved ones.”
“Having granted this state pardon, it is expected that the ministry of interior and the ministry of justice and other relevant organs of government do justice to the prerogative state pardon that was also endorsed by the national council of state to enable all those listed and captured to reunite with their various families.”
“But this is now looking like a tall order that after 60 days, they are still confined in the walls of Kuje Correctional centre. We are using this medium to call on our father President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to March action with his words by directing the state actors to get to work and do the needful by releasing all that was captured for this state pardon.”
“Hence, we are appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to match his words with action in calling for the immediate release of Ebiware Edmund and others that have been granted state pardon to enable Ebiware Edmund to receive urgent medical care and reunite with his family.”