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Protest rocks Delta State as ex-militants tell Buhari to sack Boroh [PHOTOS]

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Some group of ex-militants held a protest at East-West road, Delta State on Tuesday morning to push for the removal of Presidential Amnesty Adviser, Major Boroh (Rtd).

The East-West Road was blocked by the ex-militants as some were seen holding fliers, stating that ‘Boroh must go’.

The group are asking President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Boroh.

Recall that, ex-militants in the Niger Delta have accused some powerful Northerners of taking over the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, by swapping names of ex-agitators captured in the programme with Hausa/Fulani names as benefactors at most of the training institutions.

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Militant leader warns FG against proposed amnesty termination

A former militant leader, Ambassador Kingsley Muturu, has urged the Federal Government not to terminate the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
He urged the Federal Government to relocate oil facilities out of the Niger Delta region should it go ahead to implement the proposal to terminate the PAP by the end of this year.

Speaking in his capacity as the Chairman, Amnesty Phase 11 in Delta State, Muturu said the ex-militants’ opposition to the planned termination was based on the fact that the federal government must have been wrongly advised on the proposal considering the negative consequences it might have on the peace so far being enjoyed in the region.

According to him, “the ideal of peace and development of the Niger Delta for which late President Musa Umar Yar’Adua laudably offered and implemented the Amnesty programme remain far from being achieved.

“With the groundswell of anger in the land, we wish to serve notice that we cannot guarantee the safety of oil installations in the Niger Delta should the federal government go ahead to implement this proposal.

“Accordingly, before terminating the PAP, we advise the federal government to relocate all oil facilities from the Niger Delta to another safer haven.

“This advice is intended to avert consequences of military deployment by the federal government which unfortunately believes more in thrust of physical force to spill blood of innocent people of the oil-bearing communities in the Niger Delta.
“Instead of leveraging on relative peace in the Niger Delta from leadership interventions for development and reintegration of ex-militants with jobs.

He alleged that the amnesty programme suffered declining fortunes under General Paul Boroh who was arm-twisted by agents of the federal government to the detriment of Niger Deltans.

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Muturu further alleged that politicians and bad advisers were preventing Boroh from meeting with leaders of the militants for which the programme was designed.

Meanwhile, Ijaw youths from nine states of the Niger Delta region yesterday rose in defence of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Implantation Committee Brigadier General Paul Boroh dismissing allegations of shoddy implementation of the presidential amnesty programme.

The Ijaw youths, who are members of Serving and Leading Without Bitterness (SLWB), in a statement signed by Nature Keighe, Paulinus Albany and Teke Iyala, said the funding and implementation is paying off with the existing peace in the region.
According them, though the criticism of the present administration and Boroh was due to the alleged fraudulent attitude of some officials of the amnesty office, implementation of the programme in the region under the Buhari administration is on course.

They, however, warned that despite the performance of the administration, cases, such as the alleged short changing and depriving qualified beneficiaries, will throw spanner in the wheel of progress of the Amnesty Implementation Committee.

The statement read in part: “The fragile peace being enjoyed in the region is due to the fulfilment of the promises made by President Buhari and the doggedness of the Amnesty Implementation Committee, headed by Boroh to use our scarce resources to execute training, post-training and educational advancement since the administration started funding the programme. But when some persons at the helm of authority starts playing to the gallery for immediate gains, it may scuttle the  good works of President Buhari in the Amnesty office and Niger Delta region and plunge it into another round of pandemonium if immediate  steps are not taken.”

Python Dance: “No Amount of Bullets Can Stop Our Agitation” – Ijaw Youth Council Condemns Attack on Kanu

Ijaw Youths from the Nine States of the Niger Delta region, yesterday, described as condemnable” and sad the attack on the home of the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in Umuohia, Abia State by suspected military officers which led to the loss of lives last Sunday.

The Ijaw youths, under the aegis of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, said the deployment of the military troops to the Niger Delta and South East regions under the security operation known as Crocodile Smile or Python Dance will not solve the rising agitations.

The IYC, in the Statement issued yesterday via email and signed by the President, Barr Eric Omare, stated that “It is condemnable the attack on the home of the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in Umuohia, Abia State by suspected military officers which led to the loss of lives and many injured in the last hours of Sunday, September 10, 2017.

“The picture of those killed and injured tells a very sad story about the engagement of the military with IPOB members. It amounts to gross violation of human rights for Nigerians to be indiscriminately shot and killed because of legitimate agitation for justice.

“The deployment troops whether as operation crocodile smile or python dance is not the solution to the Niger Delta and Igbo agitations. The agitations are about quest for equity and fairness in the affairs of Nigerian and cannot be silence through the barrel of gun. In the first place, it was totally unnecessary and insensitive for the military to launch operation python dance in the south east considering the prevailing atmosphere in the region.”

“ The activities of the members of IPOB have been civil and orderly hence can be controlled by the regular mobile police rather than the military. The IYC is not surprised with the turn of events in the south east because from our experience in the Niger Delta, the deployment of the military always carries tales of sorry and pains as experienced in Igbo nation now”.

“We call on President Buhari to bring to justice the perpetrators of the killings in the south east, withdraw the military officers and bring to a halt the operation python dance in the south east. The IPOB demand for self-determination, just like that of the Niger Delta and other parts of the country cannot be stopped with the dance of a python but only through justice and equity through a restructured Nigeria that guarantees the different parts of the country the right to develop at their pace. Therefore neither the dance of a python nor the smile of a crocodile would quell the agitations”.

Niger Delta militants warn Buhari, vow to stop him after this happened

The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators on Sunday vowed that it would not support President Buhari if he declared for a second term in office.

Leader of the coalition, John Duku, said rather than support Buhari, it would back any candidate that would address issues affecting the development of the Niger Delta region.

The group leader recalled that some of the agitators expressed their support for Buhari during the 2015 election, but added that the challenges of the oil-rich region had not been taken seriously.

He said, “We will not give him support (for a second term). Even if we have given a group the mandate to discuss on our behalf, we will not support his second term bid and that is the truth.

“We will support a candidate that will promote Niger Delta issues, a candidate that has the same understanding and feeling like the late Umaru Yar’Adua had for the Niger Delta region. He (Yar’adua) worked with us.

“But we don’t think the President is interested in a second term because there are a lot of lapses in his first term. We cannot score him (President Buhari) up to 40 per cent in terms of performance.

TENSION!!! N’Delta Guys Threaten To ShutDown Oil Firm’s Operation, Send Serious Message to Buhari

Ex-militant leaders in Niger Delta have threatened to shut down the operations of Sterling Global Oil Resources in the Niger Delta over alleged issues of pollution and neglect of the region.

In a statement, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, spokesman of the repentant militants, General Mudork Apele, said the firm had allegedly failed to comply with environmental standards in its operations.

He enjoined the Federal Government to immediately revoke the licence granted the firm to save the environment, saying they will not allow the firm allegedly operated by Indians to shortchange the region. He said:

“We cannot allow this to continue. This is a region with so much poverty, yet our oil wells are operated by non Niger Deltans (Indians) who are insensitive to the plight of the Niger Deltans, when we have capacity to handle it.”

“This set of Indians has done so much damage to our region through some of their activities, which have caused terrible pollution to our water where they convey their products from Asemuku to Age river.”

BREAKING!!! More Trouble for Buhari: Tompolo Emerges From Hiding, Vows To Continue The Struggle

Niger Delta activist and founder of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Chief Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) has vowed to make soldiers pay for the death of his father, Chief Thomas Osen Ekpemupolo one year ago.

Speaking on the first year anniversary of the death of the late Thomas, Tompolo said descendants of the late patriarch would not rest until the masterminds of his death are found and held accountable.

Tompolo, who is on the run over alleged N13billion fraud, though said that the search for justice would be prosecuted through legal means.

He said, “As we mourn and remember our late patriarch, we will seek justice to apprehend and hold accountable the very soldiers responsible for his murder so that he can finally rest in peace and we his descendants can be fulfilled.

“I will also not be deterred by persecution and state act of terror against my person and communities in Ijaw land in the quest for the emancipation of our land and people,” he vowed.

It would be recalled that father of the former militant leader died from injuries he sustained when soldiers invaded Gbaramatu clan in Warri Southwest local government area of Delta State in September 2016.

The octogenarian, who was allegedly brutalised by rampaging soldiers, later died in a private hospital in Warri, after his limbs were amputated in a desperate bid to save his life.

While using the incident as reference, Tompolo who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged looting of NIMASA fund, lamented his ‘persecution’.

He said “I have been marked as state enemy number one by the President Muhammadu Buhari regime because of my natural and open association with my kinsman and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.”

Ekpemupolo also traced his ordeal to his support for Governor Seriake Dickson in the 2016 Bayelsa State Gubernatorial election presumed as against the anointed APC candidate of the Federal Government, Chief Timipre Sylva.

He denied involvement in destructive operation by the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, stressing,“In an orchestrated plot the Nigerian Army was unleashed on Gbaramatu Kingdom in search of me, and the rampaging soldiers stormed my father’s home in Kurutie Town, physically brutalised him to the point of death.

“He sustained injuries in one of his legs and due to lack of medical facilities in the area he could not be treated and could also not be timely evacuated because of the siege and blockade by the Nigerian Army.’

Besides, Tompolo accused the Nigerian Navy of looting his waterfront properties, jetties and

BREAKING!!! Massive Explosion as Militants Blow NNPC Pipeline (Happening Now) PHOTOS

A Crucial NNPC Pipeline has be blown up by suspected Militants around Warewa bridge, Lagos-Ibadan expressway, before Arepo, Ogun State ..

The pipeline is still on fire as at the time of this report.

Please Urgent action is Needed.

BREAKING!!! Tompolo Breaks Silence; Sends Serious Warning to President Buhari

Tompolo has questioned President Buhari’s decision of constructing railway through his home town Daura to Kano.

Government polo said in a special interview release by rhythm 94.7 yenagoa, that Buhari should tell Nigerians the economic value of constructing railway from Kano to his hometown while using the God given resources of the people of the Niger delta to perform this nepotistic task.

This is the first time Tompolo is speaking for a very long time.

Details to follow

source : rhythm 94.7, yenagoa

TENSION!!! Biafrexit, Kanu Arrest: N/Delta Guys Draw ‘Red Line’ For Buhari

 

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Biafra : “Re-Arrest Nnamdi Kanu, Face Consequences” – Militants Warn FG

 

Niger Delta militants have warned the Federal Government of the dangers the country would face, if the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is re-arrested by security agents.

BREAKING!! Niger Delta Militants Withdraw Quit Notice

The coalition of Niger Delta militants, Friday, withdrew a quit notice they issued to northerners and Yorubas to leave the region on or before October 1st.

BREAKING!! Militants Kill 4 Soldiers In Ekeremor, Bayelsa; Soldiers Invade Community, Then This Happened (Photos)

Armed men ambushed and killed four soldiers in the Ekeremor waterways area of Bayelsa State as they returned from an assignment in the Letugbene community on Monday.

Quit Notice: “Arewa Youths Can’t Fool Us With Withdrawal” — Niger Delta Agitators Explode

ABUJA—Niger Delta agitators, yesterday, described the withdrawal of the quit notice issued to the Igbos resident in the North by a coalition of northern youth as an attempt to hoodwink Nigerians.

BREAKING!! OPC Warns Militants Over Quit Notice Issued On Yorubas In Niger Delta

The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Gani Adams has called on the Niger Delta leaders to call militants in the region to

Hope Rises For Biafra as US Intelligence Chief Explodes, Says Buhari Nigeria’s Problem, not Solution

Pete Hoekstra, a former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee from 2004 to 2007 in this article published by Wall Street Journal says President Muhammadu Buhari is Nigeria’s problem and not the solution.

Breaking down every move of President Buhari, Hoekstra said Buhari has made his anti-corruption war selective. “But an anticorruption drive that is selective and focused on senior members of the opposition party creates deep political divisions. Meanwhile, members of Mr. Buhari’s own cabinet, accused of large-scale corruption, walk free,” he said.

He also attacked the president’s policy on economy describing them as “damaging and outdated monetary policy”.

It’s hard to see how his administration’s inflexibility, lack of vision and reactive approach will achieve this.

Mr. Buhari notes that building trust is a priority for Nigeria. But an anticorruption drive that is selective and focused on senior members of the opposition party creates deep political divisions.

Meanwhile, members of Mr. Buhari’s own cabinet, accused of large-scale corruption, walk free. Seventy percent of the national treasury is spent on the salaries and benefits of government officials, who make upwards of $2 million a year.

As for Mr. Buhari’s ideas to rebalance the economy and regenerate growth, his damaging and outdated monetary policy has been crippling. The manufacturing sector, essential to Nigeria’s diversification, has been hardest hit, exacerbating an already fast-growing employment crisis.

Foreign investors have started to flee en masse. Mr. Buhari makes only brief mention of the country’s deteriorating security situation. But security and stability are precursors to economic growth and development. Boko Haram has been pushed back for now, but little attention is paid to the structural issues that have spurred its rise.

Instead, the Nigerian government has diverted much-needed military resources to the Niger Delta, where rising militancy has reduced Nigeria’s oil production to less than half the country’s capacity, and half the amount required to service the national budget. Much of these tensions arise from Mr. Buhari’s decision to cut amnesty payments to militants and an excessively hard-line approach in a socially and politically sensitive environment.

Other ethnic tensions are also growing. In the country’s south, protests have been met by a bloody response from the Nigerian military, stoking the fire and galvanizing support for an independent state of Biafra. Rising tensions could again pose one of the greatest threats to Nigeria’s stability and future.

Pete Hoekstra, Senior Fellow, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, Washington and former chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee from 2004 to 2007.

Biafrexit: Buhari Has Lost Touch With Reality – Ijaw Youth Council

A Niger Delta group, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari over his comment that Nigeria’s unity “is settled and not negotiable.”

Buhari, while addressing Nigerians after he returned from his prolonged medical vacation in London, expressed strong views on Nigeria’s continued existence as one nation.

The President vowed to resist outrightly any secessionist struggle, adding that “grievances” by groups could only be handled the National Assembly and the Council of State, which he noted are the “appropriate and legitimate bodies for national discourse.”

Reacting to the President’s speech, the IYC, through its leader, Eric Omare, said Nigeria’s corporate existence as one nation of multicultural groups remains unsettled and negotiable.

He likened the president’s position on the national question to military approach and one that came short of addressing sub-structural issues that spark agitations.

“The solution in the opinion of the IYC is for President Muhammadu Buhari to take practical steps towards addressing the causes of persistent agitations in the country rather than shutting the door of engagement that would lead to the resolution of the agitations.

“Mr. President must do away with politicking and rise up to the national challenges as a statesman. We strongly hold the view that threats of brute force would not quell the agitations.

“It is only sincere and painstaking discussions that would solve the problems. This is because some of the agitations are genuine and need to be addressed”, Omare said.

Shell Official Says Niger Delta Is No Longer Attractive To Investors

Mr Igo Weli, the General Manager, External Relations, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), on Thursday said the Niger Delta was no longer attractive for investment.

Weli made the claim in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on the sideline of an SPDC sponsored two-day meeting with stakeholders in Abia and Rivers states.

He said that declining interest by investors was partly due to restiveness, damage of facilities and the unpredictable nature of the region’s business environment.

“The Niger Delta is no longer attractive to investors, as most businesses have already left with new and potential investors preferring to invest in other places like Lagos.

“There are issues in Nigeria today but there are parts of the country that are still working. Even in the midst of these issues and challenges, Lagos is making progress.

“Investors are going to Lagos because of the choices the state government makes and the way they organise themselves and the confidence that gives to investors, which is the reverse in the Niger Delta.

“If Dangote could invest 18 billion dollars to build a refinery in Lagos that ordinarily should be sited in the Niger Delta, then the Niger Delta should be seriously concerned.

“The region is depriving itself of investment, employment and business opportunities because of endless agitations and choices it took out of anger,” the SPDC official said.

Weli explained that Dangote refinery alone would create over 149,000 new jobs with the economies of Lagos and other South-Western states the major beneficiaries.

He said that unemployment was on the rise in the Niger Delta partly because most firms have left while others have reduced their operation in the area.

Weli wondered why the region was yet to develop despite benefiting from 13 per cent derivation and presence of establishments like the Niger Delta Development Commission; Niger Delta Ministry and Amnesty Programme.

According to him, people who desired to hurt SPDC forget that the company was a global brand with assets all over the world, and as such, could make adjustments.

“Even the existing companies’ activities are dropping because everyday instead of spending time thinking of how to grow the business; the companies are busy thinking of how to manage crises.

“So, people need to think deeply before they act because perception of the situation in the area is likened to one day one trouble, and no longer one week one trouble.

“We should ask ourselves questions of why the region is not on the path of progress; why its roads, schools, hospitals and electricity are not different.

“Well, we should look no further because it is simply the choices the region is making,” he said.

Weli said that re-positioning of the region would involve collaboration of all stakeholders including both state and local governments; the private sector and the people. (NAN)

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Asari Dokubo Drops Another Bombshell Over Army, Police Attack on Unarmed Civilians

Asari Dokubo wrote:

It’s such a shame that we enjoy living in denial.

Charley boy was protesting for Buhari to either resume or resign and he was brutalized and visited with a festival of teargas leading to his collapse. And this atrocious treatment was meted to him, not under Buhari the tyrant but under the same man (Osinbajo) who stand to benefit should Buhari quit.

24hours later, the remorseless genocidal Arewa Youths did their own protest and were guarded and guided by police escorts on horseback. The same police that just anointed the 66 year old Oputa son with teargas.

When I see Igbo man claiming #OneNigeria and trying to use his head to break the Nigerian coconut I simply want to pause and die crying. Crying at a people with an iniquitious sense of history.

Nzeogwu executed a coup with soldiers from the rest of the country but at the end, it was tagged an Igbo coup and millions of my kind (both soldiers & civilians) were mercilessly slaughtered.

Today, we have a quit notice and hate songs hanging round our necks in the north and an Igbo man is leading Buhari #ResumeOrResign protest to set the stage for the North to accuse us of ousting Buhari even when we stand to gain absolutely nothing from either his resumption of duty or resignation.

Why are the Yorubas quite?

Where are the Femi Falanas, Tunde Bakare, Soyinka and co??

Any student of strategic studies knows that the Yorubas are simply being strategic with their silence.

The fact that our brother chose to protest for the return of the death merchant called Buhari or his resignation (none of those two options will benefit either Ndigbo or Nigeria in general) rather than protest for the over haul of this Lugard Cage, is a testament to the fact that his “Our Mumu Don Do” campaign is nothing short of a tragic irony.

He didn’t protest the quit notice against his own people. He didn’t protest for the FG to understake to protect Igbo lives come Oct.1st. He didn’t even protest for the amendment of the atrocious 1999 apartheid manual called the constitution or even for restructuring at least.

He was fighting a war in which him and his people stand to gain nothing but loose everything.

Charles Oputa might end up as a tragic victim of his misplaced patriotism.

Nigeria makes patriotism impossible for Ndigbo.

“A man must accept his fate or be destroyed by it”.

Youths From Niger Delta Storm Abuja in Solidarity Rally For President Buhari (Photos)

Barely 24hours after a violent attack was staged on anti-Buhari protesters in Wuse Market, Abuja, another Pro-Buhari group claiming to be “Niger Delta Youths” today, stormed Abuja to throw their weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari despite his ill health.

The group arrived the nation’s capital in the early hours of Wednesday and converged at the Unity Fountain and later marched to Aso Rock gate where the group assembled and continued singing solidarity songs in support of the President.

Some of the inscriptions on their placards read; Sickness Is Not A Crime; Buhari Was Only Sick Not Corrupt; PDP Stop Anti Buhari Protest; Benin Youth Support Buhari; Leave PMB Alone.

The group noted that the Constitution does not punish anyone for being sick noting that there is no requirement that a President should either be removed from office or voluntarily resign from office just because he is ill.

According to the leader of the group, Johnny Michael, President’s illness can only affect his hold on power and stay in office if at least two third of the members of Federal Executive Council ( FEC) become convinced that the President’s illness has permanently incapacitated him from performing the functions of his office.

“Even after two third of the FEC might have voted, they will have to deliver a jointly signed letter to the President of the Senate and Speaker House of Representatives.

Then upon receipt of the letter, the President of the Senate will set up a five man panel of eminent doctors one of whom must be the President’s personal physician who must investigate and confirm the claims ”

He pointed out that until this happens the President cannot resign from office based on mere protest. ” We are not mumu but law abiding Nigerians”

As at the time of filing this report the protesters were still waiting for the arrival of the representative of the government to address them.

 

BREAKING!!! Niger Delta Youths Strike Again, Shut Flow Stations. Gas Plants

The youths of Belema community on Monday shutdown Shell’s flow station and gas plant.

The angry youths accused the multinational company of neglecting them and marginalizing the community for years.

However, the General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, refuted the claims. According to him, a total of $31 billion has been paid by the multinational company to the federal government and Niger Delta Development Commission in the last four years.

Weli said a total of $29.8 billion was paid to the federation account between 2002 and 2016. While another $1.2 billion was paid to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) account in the last four years.

He further stated that the action of the youths is ‘worrisome’ and capable of discouraging investment in the region.

According to Weli, “In 2016 alone, Shell contribution to NDDC was 106.8 million dollars; people need to define their expectation; ask themselves if their expectation is realistic and if SPDC is government.

“Between 2012 and 2016, SPDC JV contributed $29.8 billion to the federation account which flows down to the state governments, local governments and to the communities.

“The business we do add value in several ways through contributions to the federation account and the NDDC.

“SPDC has made several efforts to sensitise the people on how our business is run, so that their expectations can be realistic and align with realities of how we run our business,” he said.

MEND threatens to burn assets of corrupt leaders

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has threatened to burn down assets which corrupt politicians are hiding from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Jomo Gbomo, spokesman of the group, said this in a statement. He also dissociated MEND from the Pan-Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF).

PANDEF is the forum leading negotiations with the federal government on some issues affecting the Niger Delta.

A few days ago, the forum threatened to pull out of a peace deal with the government if its demands, which include allocating oil blocks to natives of the region, were not met.

But it withdrew its threat after meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

However, MEND says it is withdrawing its support for the forum for allegedly betraying the cause of the region.

The group alleged that Edwin Clark, convener of PANDEF, and some elders of the Niger Delta were silent when former President Goodluck Jonathan refused to develop the region.

It said Jonathan wasted the region’s opportunity.

The militant group described Clark and elders of the region as President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe who still “crave for wealth and power to the detriment of the younger generation”.

“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has from Monday, August 14, 2017, withdrawn its support and representatives from the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF),” it said.

“Our decision to abandon PANDEF stems from the commercial and political motives of the leaders and most of the members who now see the platform as a means to bounce back financially and politically. It is also as a result of the lie told by Chief Clark to state house correspondents after the PANDEF volte-face meeting with the acting president on Thursday, August 3, 2017, where he said that MEND was part of the parley when the group wasn’t represented.

“MEND has also lost confidence in the effete leadership of Chief Edwin Clark and HRH, King Alfred Diete-Spiff who like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, still crave for power, wealth and pleasure to the detriment of developing the younger generation in leadership.

“It is annoying working with pretenders who conspired to keep silent when Goodluck Jonathan wasted the opportunity of the region and were part of the conspiracy to suppress the voice of Henry Okah and MEND.

“Today, the east-west road they have suddenly realised that is in need of urgent repairs is a shameful death-trap which passes alongside oil wells and sits on top of huge gas reserves. PANDEF is demanding for the road to be completed but during the six wasted years, these same members used the dilapidated road, lost loved ones there but said nothing, engaging instead on worthless pleasures, with the Abuja residence of Chief Clark as the rallying point.

“Chief Clark who had direct access to his ‘son’ Goodluck Jonathan did not advice the former president to address the root issues and develop the region. Many sons and daughters who enriched themselves, including the current PANDEF leaders have no single viable industry built in the Niger Delta to show for it. The assets they have acquired are now forfeited to the region or the EFCC. Those ill-gotten assets cleverly hidden from the EFCC that we discover will be attacked and burnt to the ground.

“The Niger Delta is today blessed with private, state, and federal university presence; including a maritime academy in Oron, Akwa Ibom state which was established in the early 80s. One begins to wonder if the desperation and insistence of another similar university as a top priority by PANDEF is not just a ploy to cover-up an established financial crime.”

BREAKING!!! Tension: MEND Pulls out From PANDEF, N/Delta Set to Boil Again

Spokesperson of the group, Jomo Gbomo, in a statement, said: “Our decision to abandon PANDEF stems from the commercial and political motives of the leaders and most of the members, who now see the platform as a means to bounce back financially and politically.”
“It is also as a result of the lie told by Chief Clark to State House correspondents after the PANDEF volte-face meeting with the Acting President on Thursday, August 3, 2017, where he said that MEND was part of the parley when the group was not represented.

“MEND has also lost confidence in the effete leadership of Chief Edwin Clark and HRH, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, who like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, still crave for power, wealth and pleasure to the detriment of developing the younger generation in leadership,” the militant group said.

Its words: “It is annoying working with pretenders who conspired to keep silent when Goodluck Jonathan wasted the opportunity of the region and were part of the conspiracy to suppress the voice of Henry Okah and MEND.”

“Today, the East West road they have suddenly realised that is in need of urgent repairs is a shameful deathtrap, which passes alongside oil wells and sits on top of huge gas reserves.
“PANDEF is demanding for the road to be completed, but during the six wasted years, these same members used the dilapidated road, lost loved ones there and said nothing, engaging instead on worthless pleasures, with the Abuja residence of Chief Clark as the rallying point. “Chief Clark, who had direct access to his ‘son’, Goodluck Jonathan did not advice the former President to address the root issues and develop the region.

Many sons and daughters, who enriched themselves, including the current PANDEF leaders, have no single viable industry built in the Niger Delta to show for it.
“The assets they have acquired are now forfeited to the region or the EFCC. Those ill-gotten assets cleverly hidden from the EFCC that we discover will be attacked and burnt to the ground,” it added.

MEND asserted: “The Niger Delta is today blessed with private, State, and Federal University presence; including a Maritime Academy in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, which was established in the early 80s. One begins to wonder if the desperation and insistence of another similar university as a top priority by PANDEF is not just a ploy to cover-up an established financial crime.”

The group stated: “MEND will in the interim align with the new Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, under Barrister Oweilaemi and will continue disdaining the old impostors claiming to be IYC,”
“We will also cooperate with the Niger Delta People’s Congress, NDPC, and genuine militants desiring change such as the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, which have shown consistency in doing away with the old order,” it said.

Independence: Northern Elders Panic, Blame Buhari, Beg N’Delta Over Quit Notice

A group , the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators , on Thursday threatened to resume attacks on oil installations in the region.
The group , in an electronic mail , also said northerners and the Yoruba in the Niger Delta should leave the region before October 1 , 2017 .

The northern youth leader , Yerima Shettima , whose group gave a quit notice to the Igbo in the North , declined comment , when contacted by one of our correspondents .

Two northern elder statesmen , Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Alhaji Tanko Yakasai , have however urged the Federal Government to act fast and calm the fresh agitations by the Niger Delta groups.

Balarabe , a former governor of old Kaduna State , said , “ The Federal Government should be straightforward , hard and just in dealing with this issue . This new development shows that it is almost the whole country which is involved in this subversion . If everyone is asking others to leave the country, then who owns Nigeria ?

“ We can deal with this case only when we have a strong , fair and just government . But this government is not. It is a failure of the government that is bringing up these agitations. Nigerians expected a lot of changes but we have seen nothing .

“ If these people had businesses to do , what time would they have to be agitating ? How long can the oil sustain us ? From all international indications , the oil may finish in 20 years . These agitators are doing this because some nonentities and faceless northern youths gave the same ultimatum and the government is in a disarray. ”

Yakasai , who is also the Chairman of the Northern Elders Council , said , “ To the best of my knowledge , there had never been any conflict between the North and the Niger Delta . There is no context to situate this. There are talks between them and the government already .

“ The government knows what to do. Nigerians believe the government is competent to handle this matter. But don ’ t bring the North into it . ”

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