Sack Boroh now
Defreeze Tompolo’s accounts
Nigerian Maritime varsity must begin 2015/2016 session now
Immediate implementation of 2014 National Conference report or…
Immediate clean up of polluted N/Delta communities
Payment of compensation to affected communities, etc
Following moves by the federal government to dialogue with militant group, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF, the latter has given conditions for cease fire, adding that its earlier threat to bomb identified places across the country was put on hold as a result of pleadings by government and some international agencies urging the group to negotiate with the Nigerian government.
A statement issued on behalf of the Joint Revolutionary Council, General AkotebeDarikoro, Commander, General Duties, weekend indicated that JNDLF saw genuine aspiration on the part of President Muhammadu Buhari who made several contacts with the group to see reasons with them in terms of under-development of the region.
However, the militants premised their acceptance on conditions which it considered central to their struggle.
According to the group, the following conditions among others must be met by the federal government:
. Immediate sack of special adviser to the president on Niger Delta and coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd).
It demanded that Dr. Felix Tuodolo, who they said is an apostle of non-violence and has been in the struggle for the liberation of the region since 1980 and was equally the designer of the amnesty programme, be appointed as new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in place of Brigadier General Boroh. They added that Tuodolo’s appointment will stall further vandalisation of pipelines in the region.
. Federal government must direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to defreeze all the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, (Tompolo.) Of late, Tompolo has been pleading with militants to stop the bombings while calling on the federal government to demilitarise the Niger Delta and embrace dialogue with the militants.
. Nigerian Maritime varsity must begin 2015/2016 session now. Established by the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the maritime institution was established to cater for the peculiar educational needs of the people of the area.
. Immediate implementation of 2014 National Conference report failing which the country may break up. The report supported the decentralisation of government at the centre to allow for development across sections of the country.
. Immediate clean up of polluted N/Delta communities and payment of compensation to affected persons and communities. Penultimate week, the federal government flagged off the cleaning of polluted areas of the Niger Delta with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo representing President Buhari at the event which took place in Ogoniland. However, reports have it that at press time last night, actual cleaning had not commenced.
. Release of the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Dr. Nnamdi Kanu, as directed by the court.
The statement read in part: The government must “direct EFCC to defreeze the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (a.k.a. Tompolo). The only Nigerian Maritime University sited in the most appropriate and befitting place – Okerenkoko in Delta State – must start the 2015/2016 academic session immediately.
“The immediate implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference report, failure of which Nigeria will forcefully break-up. Oil-polluted lands in the Niger Delta must be cleaned up while compensation should be paid to all oil-producing communities, e.g. Chevron fire outbreak of gas explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa State and Bonga Oil Spill in 2011.”
Furthermore, JNDLF said that it was piqued by the President Buhari’s statement that he would develop those areas that gave him 95 percent votes during his presidential election last year and urged the president to change his mind-set about the region.
The group threatens to sustain attacks on oil and gas facilities if their demands were not met.
Meanwhile, palpable tension remains in the Niger Delta region with no fewer than three militant groups issuing threats to cause destruction across the country.
Apart from the Niger Delta Avengers, which has reportedly bombed many oil facilities and platforms in the area, JNDLF has done same alongside its current threat to deploy six missiles at targets in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna and offshore Niger Delta.
Only last week, another group which came up with the name, Ultimate Warriors, landed on the scene posing more threat to the stability of the region and the country.
So far, the combined threat and destruction of oil and gas facilities in the region, especially offshore, have caused multinational oil producing companied to decree force majeure in the operational areas. Combined with the actual destruction of the above facilities, Nigeria’s economy appears doomed as crude oil production has dipped seriously. Following the development, revenue accruable to the federation account from oil and gas takings are in their lowest levels in the history of Nigeria.
Till press time last night, Nigerian Pilot could not establish if the federal government would accede to the demands of the militants.