JUST IN: Heavy Tenion In Niger Delta Region
Labels: Niger Delta
After series of bombardment of suspected camps of militants in creeks of Ogun and Lagos states Last weekend, there is palpable tension in the core Niger Delta areas of Delta, Bayelsa and rivers states with many residents worrying that weekend’s development could be a test run for a military onslaught against targeted creeks in the states.
This is happening just as leader of Ijaw nation and elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark vowed that any dialogue between the Federal Government and militants in the Niger Delta would not yield result without involvement of Ijaw leaders.
On Saturday, Clark however protested the reported dialogue with militants arguing that any such move by the federal government that does n ot carry Ijaw leaders along would fail. He stated this at the Ijaw leaders consultative council meeting with Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and Delta state Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro in Warri. The meeting was aimed at reaching common ground on the renewed militancy and its impact on the Niger Delta and the country. A communiqué issued at the end of the closed door meeting called for the immediate restructuring of the Nigerian nation along the lines of peaceful federalism as panacea for the sustainable development of Nigeria.
“The forum also urged the militant groups of the Niger Delta to cease further attacks on crude oil and gas facilities and embrace the dialogue offered by the Federal Government, the communiqué added. But the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND claimed weekend that it had reached a peace agreement with the federal government to renew the stability in the oil-rich region with part of the deal being detained Biafra activist, Nnamdi Kanu and other imprisoned activists slated to be freed if attacks on oil installations stopped. Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Alli, said recently that government cannot rule out the use of force in dealing with militants.