Militants under the Ultimate Warriors of Niger Delta, UWND, yesterday urged the President-elect of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump, to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to grant their demand for resource ownership.
While congratulating Trump on his electoral victory, the group said the politician emerged victorious despite “orchestrated negative media, and against the projections of the American political establishment”
They urged Trump to immediately after his swearing-in in January put pressure on the Nigerian president to allow the Niger Delta self-determination and control over their resources.
“We of the Ultimate Warriors of Niger Delta, a group of agitators, mainly from the Southern part of Nigeria view your victory as divinely ordained and urge you on your swearing on January 20, 2017 to actualise our aim.
“Our objective is resource control, ownership and the self determination of our people. We are imploring you to use your good offices to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to respect our right to self determination. “These rights are protected in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples to self determination,” the group said.
It added, “We also want to let you know that successive governments in Nigeria have over the years denied us of this right, instead they maimed and killed our people. “ The federal government in connivance with the International Oil Companies (IOCs) steal our oil, pollute our environment, deprive us of ownership to the natural resources bestowed on us by Divine arrangement through obnoxious Land Use Act and treat the Niger Delta region as a conquered territory,” the warlords alleged.