“We are equally tired of the President’s continuous silence over the Niger Delta matters. We have given the Federal Government enough time to act, but they are taking us for granted. Our elders have been fooled, used and dump by the Federal Government,” they added.
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A coalition of militant groups in the Niger Delta region yesterday threatened to resume attacks on oil installations over unfulfilled promises by the Federal Government to the people of the oil rich region.
The militant groups under the aegis of the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, said in a statement sent via electronic email to our correspondent on Sunday that the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari was not sincere in resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta.
The statement was signed by the leader of Niger Delta Watchdog, General John Duku; General Ekpo Ekpo of the Niger Delta Volunteers, Commander Henry Okon Etete of the Niger Delta Peoples Fighter and Commander Asuquo Henshaw of the Bakassi Freedom Fighters.
General Duku, who also signed as the leader of the coalition, recalled in the statement that nothing had happened since the Pan Niger Delta Elders’ Forum met with the President in November 2016.
He added that PANDEF convinced them (militants) to sheathe their sword and embrace dialogue.
He noted that Federal Government must act now and show seriousness and commitment to the plight of Niger Delta or they will be forced to resume attack.
“We must make sure we liberate our people from the slavery of the Nigerian state. We believe that the Federal Government would not be surprise to see another crisis in the Niger Delta and they should not blame anyone if such happens.
“The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is not sincere in resolving the Niger Delta crisis.
“It could be recalled that Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum met with the President in November 2016 and presented a well agreed Niger Delta position to the Federal Government and they also appealed to all the militant groups to sheathe their sword and embrace dialogue for the interest of peace in the region.
“All the major actors stopped further actions and waited for follow-up actions from the government. But till date, nothing has happened,” the statement read.
The militant groups described the visit to the Niger Delta region of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was the acting President then, as a camouflage and tactics of the Federal Government to achieve its normal crude oil production in the area.
The agitators pointed out that they were tired of unfulfilled promises, the development of the Niger Delta only in the media and unending meetings without follow-up actions by government.
“We know very well that the visit of the Vice President (then Acting President) to oil producing states was a big scam, camouflage, deceit and delay tactics by the Federal Government to achieve her normal daily crude oil production.
“We want to state here clearly that we are tired of all unfulfilled promises; we are tired of developing Niger Delta in the media, we are tired of the Vice President’s unending meetings without follow-up actions.