- Prominent Niger Delta ex-militant leaders have reacted to the recent threats by some groups to occupy the NNPC towers and the National Assembly
- The ex-militant leaders had an emergency meeting in the oil-rich city of Warri, Delta state where they deliberated on the issue
- According to the ex-militant leaders, those who issued the threats are not known to them, while calling on the security agencies to deal with such persons
Warri - Niger Delta ex-militant leaders from the nine states in the region have unanimously faulted the threats made by a group, Niger Delta Youths Council headed by Jato Abido to embark on a mass protest against the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
But the ex-militant leaders with the Peace Advocate Groups under the aegis of the Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard (NDAYV), the Niger Delta Advocate for Peace and Good Governance (NDAPGG), and the Coalition of Concerned Ex-Agitators for President Muhammadu Buhari Support Group (CCEPMB) have rejected the move.
In a joint statement sent to Legit.ng, after its emergency meeting in Warri, Delta state, the groups described the threat of mass action protest plan to occupy the NNPC towers in Abuja as
“Misplaced, outrageous, myopic, diminishing, and a decision that could incite violence in the Federal Capital Territory and the Niger Delta states if not properly handled.”
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The coalition of ex-militant leaders and the Peace Advocate Groups were led by the national convener, Gen Fiawei Pathfinder (NDAYV), General Koroye Adokeme (NDAPGG), and General Jerry also known as King of Boys (CCEPMB).
The groups said they will not fold their hands and allow some group of persons, sponsored by politicians from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the region to cause tension and violence that will destroy the improved oil and gas sector of the nation’s economy.
Part of the statement read:
“We call on such vicious groups to desist and retrace their footsteps from the proposed plan to protest and block the NNPC towers gate in Abuja.
“We believe the protest is sponsored and targeted to blackmail and rubbish the good image of the NNPC GMD, Engr. Mele Kyari and calling for the resignation of the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva in other to malign the duo in bad light before the general public and the presidency.
“We call on the law enforcement agencies, the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of Directorate of State Security Services DSSS and security agencies to take note and put drastic measures not to allow such nefarious and illegal activities to take place in the capital territory of Abuja and
“We urge the security agencies to be on red alert and on our side law-abiding groups who are core believers in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and also in support of the good job the NNPC GMD is doing to transform the nation's oil sector.
“We will not fold our hands or close our eyes and allow such miscreants to carry out the purported protest in Abuja.”
The coalition also commended the GMD NNPC Engr. Mele Kyari and the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva on their performance in the oil and gas sector of the economy in the last two years.
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Niger Delta Youth Council announced that it is mobilising its members to occupy the National Assembly complex and the NNPC headquarters in Abuja within the next 48 hours.
According to the group, they will carry out the action if the NNPC fails to include more states of the region in its proposed N621billion road rehabilitation plan.
The group also vowed to continue its processions until the decision of the federal government to exclude the Niger Delta in its plan to reconstruct more roads in the region is rescinded.
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This was disclosed on Thursday, November 18 at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, which was held virtually and presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
State governors, ministers, the Central Bank of Nigeria governor, and other senior government officials were in attendance at the NEC meeting.