Condemned the call for removal of SGF
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Groups of Niger Delta agitators have stated their willingness to dialogue with the Federal Government in order for peace to return in the troubled oil rich region.
This decision was reached after a meeting of over four militant groups under the aegis of Coalition of Niger Delta Militant Groups yesterday in Port Harcourt.
In a statement issued at the end of the one day meeting and signed by General John Duku, leader of Niger Delta Watchdogs, General Ekpo Ekpo, leader of Niger Delta Volunteers, Commander Henry Okon Etete, leader of Niger Delta Peoples Fighters and Commander Asukwo Henshaw, spokesperson BFF, the groups said they are ready for peace.
The militant commend President Muhammadu Buhari for calling for Niger Delta militants to dialogue with the Federal Government during a visit to the Christian Association of Nigeria on the Christmas Day in Abuja.
The statement read: “We wish to assure Mr. President that the Niger Delta militants and the people are 100% ready to dialogue with him, we have no personal grudges against him and his government and we promise to work together to make Nigeria better.”
The militants also condemned the call for the resignation of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr Babachir Lawal, by the Senate, noting that such is not in the interest of the Nation.
The agitators said they have uncovered a plot by some politicians to sponsor militants to protest for the removal of Lawal, warning that they would resist any attempt sack the SGF.
“We strongly condemn the recent call for the resignation of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) by the Senate, the demand for Mr. President to remove the SGF is uncalled for, unpatriotic and not for the interest of the Nation.
“The allegation leveled against Mr. Lawal is baseless, not facts and handiwork of the saboteurs who are planning to bring down and destroy this government by all means knowing very well that the SGF is engine room of this government, hardworking, 100% loyal to the President and a threat to some self-centered politicians.
“It is on record that the SGF has resigned his position as the Managing Director of the alleged company as soon as he was appointed as the SGF, he neither presided over or act on behalf of the company anymore, however a senate committee refused to invite the SGF for public hearing because they know what they were up to and must be deliver base on the directive from their paymasters.
“We are fully aware of the ongoing plan to mobilize the Niger Delta youths and the ex-militants to protest against the SGF. Millions of naira have been moved into the Niger Delta to actualize this plan using some powerful governors in the Niger Delta region.
“At this crucial time, this government needs someone like Mr. Babachir Lawal, a trusted, loyal and hardworking man beside the President, Mr. Lawal must not be removed from office based on such frivolous allegations without proper investigation by authorized agency of government. We shall resist any force and any protest from any quarter to remove Mr. Lawal as SGF from office.”