- A coalition of some militant groups in the Niger Delta have spoken on the state of the region
- The groups are of the opinion that the region is witnessing a new lease of life
- According to the group, no project was completed in Niger Delta during former president Jonathan’s era
A coalition of nine militant groups in Niger Delta under the aegis of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), has lashed out at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for creating poverty in Niger Delta despite being in power for 16 years.
In a statement by it leader, Johnmark Ezonebi, RNDA lamented that the PDP was busy looting the treasury instead of developing the region.
The RNDA regretted the wasted years of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, accusing the Jonathan administration of corruption, looting, favouritism and non-supervision of his appointees.
The group said no project was completed in Niger Delta during Jonathan’s era adding that the poor performance of Jonathan, who hails from Niger Delta, took the region back. The group, however, hailed the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) for the development of the region.
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The militants said they carried out an appraisal of President Buhari’s performance and concluded that the president deserved commendation.
Part of the statement read: “We accepted the Federal Government’s ceasefire agreement in 2016 for dialogue. That acceptance has led to the sustained peace in the region following renewed destruction and bombings of oil installations and facilities that crippled the nation’s crude oil output.
“Most worrisome and painful is the fact that Buhari’s predecessor goofed on development of the region as he was unable to complete the road to his Otuoke community in Bayelsa state.
“We praise Buhari’s commitment to Niger Delta since 2015 depite the recession as crude output hit as low as 900 barrels daily, with price as low as between $35 and $45 per barrel due to agitation in the creek.
“Buhari’s fight against corruption has defined his stand on development of the region. We want to commend him for the take off of academic activities of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State.
“We want to also commend the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for the approval for the dredging of the Escravos Warri river at the cost of N13bn to enable them to use cargo vessels to access Warri seaport which will in turn boost economic activities in the Niger Delta and to create employment for the teaming youths in the creeks."
The militants’ coalition, however, appealed to President Buhari to complete the East-West road, a major gateway to other parts of the country.
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Meanwhile, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, has condemned what he called “the constant demonization of the PDP by the APC,” describing it as childish and uncalled for.
While noting that the recent looters lists released by the federal government was a distraction on the polity, the governor advised the government to deliver on their promise to Nigerians.
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