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South South group advocates equity for regions

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A Socio-political group, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “immediately start treating every zone of the country equitably or lose the moral right to demand full acquiescence to its leadership status.”

In a statement entitled ‘Enough is Enough’ and issued after a virtual meeting between UNDEDSS and executive members of the Niger Delta ‘creeks’ yesterday, UNDEDSS Secretary General, Tony Uranta, hinted: “There is a dangerous agitation building up in the region over the disrespectful and marginalised manner in which the Federal Government is treating the area.”

Averting the looming crisis, according to the group, would be determined by “how the Federal Government deals with the region strategically and going forward, may make a big difference in outcomes.”

The statement read: “The Niger Delta is totally disappointed with the FG’s style of governance that is brazenly nepotistic, and which denies all Nigerian citizens who do not belong to the President’s ethnic group the right to justice and a level-playing field, both in terms of appointments/employment and punishment/rule of law.

“UNDEDSS has noted with dismay what Niger Delta citizens are all terming the calculated attempts to single out the region for putative anti-corruption actions that fill the news spaces, and distract all Nigerians from the absolutely mind-boggling acts of corruption that are evident in reported ministries, departments and agencies of government.”

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0The group claimed that a myriad of graft allegations against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC) had allegedly not gotten sufficient attention of the current administration.

It continued: “UNDEDSS supports Buhari’s anti-corruption war even in the Niger Delta, but knows that certain individuals are attempting to over-focus a media war against the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in an attempt to obfuscate the crazily greater evidence of corruption in other quarters, even in the presidency.”

UNDEDSS also expressed concern over the charged political climate in Edo ahead of next month’s governorship election in the state.

“We are disappointed with the role played by some political actors in the state. We are especially concerned with allegations of interference by security forces in political matters, which we will continue to monitor closely in the run-up to the gubernatorial election in the state in September,” it stated.

The organisation, therefore, admonished the President to “urgently reach out to the constituted leadership of the Niger Delta, led by Sen. Edwin Clark, to ameliorate the many anomalies that threaten peace and stability in the region.”

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