A group, Niger Delta Peace Campaign for Development Network (NDPCDN) has called on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to fix another meeting where the real militant leaders and ex-agitators would be invited to discuss with the commission.
The group alleged that the last meeting between the NDDC and the militant leaders were wrong engagement, waste of time and resources, adding that some of those who paraded themselves as militant leaders were not militants.
In a meeting yesterday which lasted for four hours in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the leader of the group Comrade Bussa Fullpower said the militant are presently unhappy over what transpired during the last meeting with the commission.
Fullpower said base on the trust they have in the Obong Esima Ekere led Board of NDDC his group has been going around consulting and pleading with the militants and ex-agitators to give the board more time to address the issue.
He said one of things they discovered was that the board did not investigate some of the names submitted to them as militant leaders before inviting them to a meeting.
He noted that when the creek was tough there were people who actually cease fire to give the present administration a chance to develop the region.
He stressed further that it would be wrong for the commission to consult the wrong people and abandon those who made so much sacrifices by adhering to the advice of cease fire in the region.
Fullpower said: “During the jungle days there are youths who held the region for ransom. Recently, when restiveness and bombing started there were youths that the Federal government pleaded to give peace a chance. But today most of these youths have been abandoned.
“The last meeting between NDDC and the militant leaders confirmed why the militants are seriously angry because they were not invited to the meeting. As a group of ex-militants seeking for peace in the region, we want NDDC to fix another meeting with this set of militants.
“To be frank, the militants are confident that Obong Ekere led board will fast track the development in the region. It is on this singular reason that this organization is moving from one state to another in the region to find a lasting solution.”