Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
Ex-militants, underneath the auspices of the 21st Century Youths of the Niger Delta and Agitators with Conscience, on Saturday, vowed to resume hostilities within the area if the Federal Authorities continued to renege on settlement with their leaders.
The previous agitators notably frowned on the delay of the Federal Authorities in reaching settlement with the Pan Niger Delta Elders Discussion board (PANDEF) for a essential and holistic look in the direction of a peaceable decision of the alleged myriad issues dealing with the area.
In an announcement by ‘Basic’ Izon Ebi, on behalf of the group, the ex-militants urged the Federal Authorities to revisit the 16-point agenda introduced by the elders of the area or danger one other main disaster that may cripple the Nigeria’s ‘fragile’ financial system.
In addition they mentioned they have been in whole in assist of the decision by the Gbaramatu Kingdom, the nation dwelling of Authorities Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, for the Federal Authorities to obey the letters and spirits of their settlement.
The ex-militants famous: “It’s reasonably unlucky that the goose which lays the golden eggs for all of the nation to take pleasure in is left to wallow in abject poverty and neglect.
“It may be mentioned with out concern of contradiction that every one billionaires with their paraphernalia of wealth on this nation may hint the supply of their wealth to Niger Delta communities, however all they’ve to point out for it’s environmental degradation, and stark poverty that always stares the inhabitants within the face.”
The ex-agitators additionally lamented the abysmal position of state and federal legislators, governors and people elected in positions of authorities from the area, whom they claimed have been scared and completely not in tune with the wants and expectations of the folks.
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They added: “The position of politicians within the state and federal stage has been abysmal. It’s like they’re scared and completely not in tune with the wants, expectations, and settlement reached between the Federal Authorities and the communities, thus setting the communities on an edge that may snowball into one other conflagration before later.
“Much more worrisome is the vilification of Authorities Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, who has contributed immensely in the direction of the realisation of peace within the Niger Delta by way of his embrace of the amnesty programme.
“His constructive contributions performed nice roles within the institution of the Maritime College in Delta State. Varied different youths’ empowerment programmes and group growth tasks will be traced to Tompolo.
“It thus confounds all logical reasoning why the one that’s in tune with the plight of his folks is vilified, hounded and his properties seized on fabricated allegations that maintain no benefit.
“The 21st CYNDAC categorically states that every one agreements entered into by the federal government with the host communities needs to be honoured.
“We additionally stand in assist of the complete restoration of the rights to his properties and agreements entered with the Federal Authorities and Tompolo.
“We additionally urge the Federal Authorities to revisit the 16-point agenda introduced by PANDEF to the federal government for a essential and holistic look in the direction of a peaceable decision of the myriad of issues dealing with the Niger Delta.
“It speaks negatively of the federal government that when the oil faucets and fuel flares are on, each settlement is suspended till the faucets are off once more for an additional spherical of negotiation and agreements.
“We and the folks of the Niger Delta are uninterested in this cycle of movement with out development whereas outsiders are the primary beneficiaries of the wealth of our area.
“Although the 10-days ultimatum given by the Gbaramatu Kingdom has come reasonably late, we assist their real agitations.”
The ex-militahts mentioned they’d not settle for the alleged serial rape on sources and negligence of the house owners and custodians of the identical sources.
They additional mentioned the alleged maltreatment of Tompolo would nolonger be accepted and tolerated.
They added: “For one, whose singular intervention has made it potential for criminality to stop within the Warri/Escravous waterways, and who has offered lodging and amenities for communities and is creating sustainable impactful programmes for teens, needs to be counseled.
“It ought to additional be famous that the current seeming success of the Amnesty programme and peace within the creeks will be attributed majorly to the intervention of Tompolo.
Due to this fact, the additional ill-treatment and vilification of Tompolo will not be accepted by youths of the Niger Delta.
“We use this platform to induce the federal government at each the federal and state ranges, to construct bridges of mutual belief and understanding with Tompolo as it can additional cement the peace within the oil wealthy area.”