Okon Bassey in Uyo
The Opukurowari-led Niger Delta Avengers has warned that the planned meeting with the selected leaders of the Niger Delta with President Muhammadu Buhari will be a flop because of some of the elders who are closed to the presidency.
“We have discovered without any iota of doubt that so long as there are the likes of the Minister for Transport, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Brig. Paul Boro (rtd)-, Presidential Adviser, Senator Ita Enang Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly, Dr. Ibe Ikachukwu, Minister of State for Petroleum, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Hon. Timipre Sylva – former Governor of Bayelsa State at the corridors of the presidency, there shall be no end to this dialogue saga”.
A statement issued yesterday by the group and signed by Rightman Hudson Opukurowari, stressed that the Niger Delta misfortune is the gain of the elders of the region mentioned above.
Okpukurowari in the statement demanded to know those so called leaders who are going to meeting between the federal government and the Niger Delta leaders coming up on October 29, 2016, asking if it is “Self-aggrandizement? federal government? or who?”
“We expect the federal government with all her inexhaustible wisdom make these Niger Delta leaders lead them to these boys in the creeks they are representing.
“That should be the first prerequisite of their qualification to dialogue on behalf of the boys in the creeks. They don’t represent us.
“Secondly, they should give government a satisfactory road map for a genuine dialogue representing all oil producing communities in Nigeria that may yield a permanent solution to such repetition of restiveness in the region.
“We are concerned because these same persons invited have become federal government dialogue contractors in dialogue matters.
“Niger Delta militancy affairs since the 1990s to date and President Buhari and his APC led Government are telling the world they are not concerned with the recurring trend?
“We hope federal government knows where they are leading us to? President Buhari, shine your eyes o! o! oh! Nigerians say Fmr. President Jonathan was not in control. Now who is controlling and misleading you? You shall hear from us,” the statement stated.