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Niger Delta avengers and true identity

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Sir: I was not comfortable with the demands by the militants group the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) for peace to reign in the Niger Delta region. The militants demanded among others: the take-off of the Maritime University with immediate effect and an apology from the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. What Amaechi is saying is that the Maritime Institute, Oron should be upgraded to university instead of starting a new tertiary institution offering the same maritime courses as that of Oron Maritime Institute, as the country is experiencing financial crunch. Is Oron not part of Niger Delta Region?

The clean-up of Ogoni and other areas of Delta, release of Nnamdi Kanu, funding of amnesty scheme, review of oil blocks, trial of corrupt APC members, apologies from Buhari, DSS, Timipreye Sylva over Alamieyeseigha death and, of course, immediate implementation of the report of the 2014 national conference are the others.

Their demands lack merit and are not in consonance with the objective of true and good people of Niger Delta region. For example, what has the release of Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB got to do with the development of Niger Delta Region. It is also laughable for NDA to accuse President Buhari, DDS, Timipreye Sylva in the death of Alamieyeseigha. It was an open secret that DSP died as a result of ill-health. The avengers are fabricating lies to cover up terrorism act.

This group is also demanding the immediate implementation of the report of the 2014 National confab failing which the country would break up. What the demand means is that without the implementation, the Niger Delta region will secede, probably team up with Biafra to secede. Why didn’t Jonathan who set up the confab not implement it, several months after its submission. Why is Buhari being intimidated about its implementation?

Until the Niger Delta avengers come out with their true agenda or identity, government should not listen to their demands. What we should ask for is what will alleviate the suffering of majority of the people of the Niger Delta.

Johnson Ukueni,
Lagos.



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