Niger Delta agitators. Photo credit: guardian.ng
Coalition of Niger Delta agitators, including youth leaders across the region have issued a three month counter quit notice to all Northerners living in the area.
They want Northerners to vacate the region on or before 1st October this year, warning anyone found within the region shall be seen as an intruder and shall be treated as such.
The group issued a statement at the end of a meeting held in Port Harcourt by the leaders of the various group heads that made up the coalition. They stood on their previous decision, demanding for the immediate return of oil blocs owned by Northerners back to the Niger Delta people. Again, all oil and gas companies operating in oil blocs/wells illegally owned by Northerners should be vacated before October 1st 2017.Our correspondent said that the press statement also highlighted the demand for the immediate relocation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Headquarters to the Niger Delta and the replacement of the Group Managing Director of NNPC with an indigene of the Niger Delta region.
The groups warned that all offices/boards/agencies that have anything to do with oil and gas should be relocated immediately to the Niger Delta and all non-Niger Delta Directors/Staff replaced with Niger Delta indigenes.
The Coalition expressed worries that since the threat by some group from the northern part of the country against the Igbos, the Inspector General of Police, Department of State Service and even the Army are yet to arrest anyone in connection with the eviction notice. Despite the fact that Security Chiefs have been consulted and are fully aware of the threat. They are surprised why the authorities are incapable of making any arrest.
The agitators criticized the outcome of the meeting between the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo with some Northern Elders and Youths. They are of the view that the government should have ordered the of those behind the issuance of the quit notice to the Igbos, instead they turned around to meet with groups from the North to plead for peace.
They are of the opinion that there is always double standard when it comes to dealing with issues that concerns the North. The groups said that if Nigeria must remain one, which they doubt, the Federal Government should immediately restructure the country and allow one hundred percent control of their resources. The agitators stated that there is need for the provision of infrastructural development, equal opportunity for all, irrespective of ethnic background or political affiliation; adequate circulation of appointment across the geopolitical zones.
In the statement, they called on their compatriots to be steadfast, united and focused, as they were committed in doing everything under their powers to liberate the people from the slavery of Nigeria and the Northern parasites.
Several Niger Delta groups signed the statement. They include, leader of Niger Delta Watchdogs, General John Duku, General Ekpo Ekpo of Niger Delta Volunteers, General Osarolor Nedam of Niger Delta Worries, Major General, Henry Okon Etete who is the leader of Niger Delta Peoples Fighters, and Major General Ibinabo Horsfall of the Niger Delta Movement for Justice. Others include, Major General Asukwo Henshaw who is the leader of Bakassi Freedom Fighters, Major General Duke Emmanson of the Niger Delta Fighters Network, Major General Inibeghe Adams for Niger Delta Freedom Mandate and Major General Ibinabo Tariah of the Niger Delta Development Network and many other representatives across the Niger Delta region.