- A Niger Delta group has frowned at suggestions that the oil-rich region will either be part of a Biafra or Oduduwa nation
- The group, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy, stated that the umbrella group of the region will determine its fate
- The group noted that the umbrella forum of the Niger Delta region is headed by Chief Edwin Clark
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A Niger Delta group, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) has cautioned individuals or groups showing-off as compelling the region to be part of Biafra or Oduduwa nations to be circumspect.
The group reiterated that only a Niger Delta group led by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark could determine the way to go for the decision, stressing that such a decision can be abiding and acceptable to the people of the oil-rich area.
The group made its position known in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by its executive secretary, Comrade Tony Uranta.
The statement read in part:
“In pursuant of the Niger Delta’s position during last night’s raucous nationwide virtual meeting of emancipation groups and other relevant delegates, the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy, UNDEDSS, hereby declares that:
“No one individual or group can claim to be speaking for the six states that comprise the South-South Zone of Nigeria, and in any way or manner compel the region to be part of Biafra, or Oodua, or any other grouping outside of Nigeria.
“Only PANDEF, led by Ambassador E. K. Clark, can call for an extraordinary meeting at which such a weighty decision can be taken, if at all.
“We reiterate: Going forward, any maps that deem to drag Niger Delta waters and lands into anything other than Nigeria, shall be deemed to be intentionally actioned against the Niger Delta until an extraordinary meeting of PANDEF declares otherwise.
“When necessary, the Niger Delta will be free to decide if it wants to continue to be a part of Nigeria or not; and, the whole world will then know of its decision either way.”
As Nigeria continues to witness calls for secession, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Anietie Okon, accused the federal government of focusing on agitators in southern Nigeria instead of terrorists and bandits in northern Nigeria
Okon, a former senator from Akwa Ibom state, wondered why the federal government descended on agitators in the south-east with full military might, instead of deploying its might against the terrorists.
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has dismissed claims by a Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho that some Nigerian military personnel were on a spying mission at his residence before they were apprehended.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, March 20 by its acting director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Bernard Onyeuko, the DHQ said it cannot stoop so low to spy on Igboho.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.