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PANDEF seeks adherence to pacts of nation’s founding fathers

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Edwin Kiagbodo Clark

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has charged the Federal Government to look inwards into the problems affecting the region and adhere strictly to the agreements of the nation’s founding fathers.

Speaking in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Chairman of the forum, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd.), stressed that until the leadership of the country goes back to the drawing board, the injustices being suffered by the Niger Delta people would not be addressed.

He described the situation of the region as social and economic injustices, adding that fiscal, true federalism and restructuring was the only way out of the challenges facing the country.

His words: “When we look back, Nigeria is a country that came as a result of ethnic nationalities, there was an agreement and we are insisting that the agreement should be adhered to.

“In the first republic, it was 50 per cent of whatever was found in any place that was used in the development of that area. The other 30 per cent went into the distributive pool and 20 per cent went into the development of the nation’s capital.

“If this was not the case, in the Western Region as it was called then, Obafemi Awolowo, wouldn’t have developed that area as he gave free education, built First TV station, radio and others.

“Restructuring is another way of saying we want justice, our people have learnt social and economic injustices over time.

“This country must go back to what our founding fathers had wanted, I think at the end of the day, Nigeria will be a better place, we will respect each other, we will not demonise any ethnic group and we will be equal Nigerians with equal opportunities.”

He lamented that the promises made when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited the region were yet to be implemented, even as some persons and groups were sabotaging Federal Government’s promise of a true federalism.

Nkanga added that PANDEF was collaborating with Ohaneze Ndigbo, Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) and the Middle Belt Forum for a better deal for their people while the group would hold rallies in the four regions to sensitise their people on their agenda for a new and better Nigeria.


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