The President of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, Israel Akpodoro, has restated his allegation against former President Goodluck Jonathan, who he alleged to have created the Niger Delta Avengers prior to his exit in office last year.
His latest reaction is coming on the backdrop of attacks by a group, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC in the aftermath of his revelation ‎accusing the Ijaw-born former President of sponsoring hostilities through the self acclaimed Avengers who claimed responsibilities for blowing up oil facilities in the Delta.
The Urhobo-born ex-militant leader Wednesday in Abuja noted that the IYC was only grandstanding adding that the group was an apron string of the former President through which he launched attacks at prominent Nigerians while he held sway as the country’s number one citizen.
According to Akpodoro who raised concern over what he described as the rascality of a group of people “who arrogate so much powers to themselves in unwarranted arrogance ” using such group platform to endorse militancy in the region only to come out and defend same needlessly.
He further stated that the “so called IYC in a criminal grandstanding ” is delving into what it knows nothing about other than fanning the embers of disunity, ethnic hate, crimes and criminalities in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
The vociferous Pro Buhari ex-militant leader stated that, at the January 2015 meeting in Yenagoa ‎of all the ex-militants called at the instance of the then President Jonathan represented by senior members of his administration and presided over by Governor Seriake Dickson, when the leader of the defunct Niger Delta Volunteer Force, NDVF, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, was to make his speech, he began by singing : “one more river to cross, Niger Delta freedom fighter, one river to cross” adding; the renewed hostilities in the region was part of the one more river to cross.
He revealed further that the plot by the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, to scuttle the electoral process midway into the announcement of results by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC at the International Conference Centre, Abuja was planned by Jonathan and “poorly” executed by Orubebe adding that no amount of subterfuge can convince “Nigerians of good will otherwise.”
He stated that the Niger Delta region is made up of many ethnic nationalities which he noted were equally rich in oil and gas resources wondering why an Ijaw man does not see the region beyond Ijaw nation?
Pointedly, he noted for instance that the ‎Ndokwa nation in Delta state has the largest gas deposit in West Africa while Otujeremi community in Ughelli South of the state is seated upon a large natural gas deposit harbouring the Otorogu gas plant suppling natural gas to countries in West African sub region saying, yet, their youth never lifted a finger against the Nigerian State warning that no segment of the region was more Niger Deltan than the other.
“IYC is no doubt an attack dog of the beneficiaries of Jonathan’s 6-year-misrule, it is a group known for grandstanding, its known to us in the Niger Delta region as a group of demagogues through which the former President Jonathan attacks his perceived enemies while the Niger Delta Avengers is the military wing and it is a creation ‎of the same man who reluctantly handed power to his successor because all his plans failed.
“Like a time bomb, the former President planted the Avengers and some other groups to avenge his ouster by Nigerians through the ballot. I stand to challenge any person or group of persons to a debate on a national medium on this issue. ‎As the name implies, the Niger Delta Avengers is avenging the failure of Jonathan to get a second term.” Akpodoro stated.

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