BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
Arising from the recent approval of $1billion to be extracted from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the fight against insurgency in the North-East the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers(RNDA) has written a strongly worded petition to President Muhammadu Buhari(PMB) appealing to him to thread softly as regards how he treats issues concerning the Niger Delta region.
The petition was signed by the leader of the group, Johnmark Ezonebi.
RNDA urged PMB to be mindful of those he negotiates with on the Niger Delta issue as there are “a lot of Niger Delta jobbers who parade themselves in the streets of Abuja claiming to be fronting for the region whereas in the true sense of it they have turned ‘NIGER DELTA TRADERS’ using the Amnesty Office and the Niger Delta Ministry with the Hon Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu as their farmlands.
“Hence, we are very serious about who represents the region at any point in time on the dialogue table to discuss with President Muhammadu Buhari led APC federal government on genuine intent.
“We must not fail to place on record the genuine efforts of some Niger Delta leaders & stakeholders who have contributed in no small way to the peace process that the federal government is enjoying today from the Creeks.”
RNDA warned those it describes as ‘jobless fellows’ “who continue to parade themselves as leaders of the Niger Delta region whereas they have used the region’s under development as their yardstick to curry contracts for themselves which they in turn abandon even in their own communities.
“They have continuously used the old age of Pa E.K. Clark as an advantage to defraud the old man by going about telling cooked lies to him for their selfish purposes.
“This group of young men are fraudsters,sycophants, jobless fellows, gold diggers, bootlickers of all kind, liars that do not have any legal business doing in Abuja.
“Rather, they are bent on telling cooked lies to people in government and their business is to tell lies to deceive government and to defraud people.
“We are advising the federal government not to take them serious and government should be weary about this group of young men.”
The RNDA urged the federal government “not to take our patience and silence for granted.”
RNDA accused the federal government of “negating the principles of natural justice by using resources derived from a neglected region to combat insurgency in the North East in the senseless Boko Haram war to the tune of one billion dollars from the excess crude oil account.”
Going further, RNDA stressed that “the federal government insensitivity to the Niger Delta region development has obviously reached its crescendo which we will not take but resist with our might as this broad day light robbery against the Niger Delta people and ethnic nationality will not be accepted by us and we are going to resist this perpetual injustice against our long neglected people in the region.
“Imagine up till now the six billion naira approved for the take off of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerekoko has not been released while there is no hope of starting an academic session in the institution.
“Is this how we will continue to live in a country where injustice reign supreme?
“The four point agreement that was reached with the HOSTCON by the federal government has not been approved up till date. The 10,000 pipeline surveillance jobs has not been approved. The release of the gas penalty fund to the Host Communities has not been approved. The release of the 10 licence of the modular refineries has not been approved up till date.
“Even the 16 point demand that was submitted to Mr. President has not seen the light of the day due to the corrupt fellows of personalities with questionable characters who have contributed to the under development of the region which the region is suffering from today.”
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN