Militants flay Buhari on appointment of NNPC Board

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos 

Three Militant groups, Niger Delta Volunteers NDV, Niger Delta Peoples Liberation Movement, NDPLF and Bakassi Freedom Fighters, BFF, have criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for not appointing somebody from the Niger Delta region into the newly constituted Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). 

The groups in a joint statement by its spokepersons also demanded the sacking of NNPC’s Group Managing Director Dr. Maikanti Baru with a replacement of by an indigene of the region. 

The group said it was an ‘insult’ on the Niger Delta region that the Minister of Petroleum who also doubles as the President of Nigeria is from the North, the Group Managing Director – Dr. Maikanti Baru and four other members of the board are from the North. 

The statement reads: “The appointment of Nigerian Ports Authority Managing Director is an insult to the people of Niger Delta, the action of the Buhari has proved that he is the president of the North and not the President of Nigeria. 

“We totally condemn the newly constituted NNPC Board by the President and we call for immediate sack of the Group Managing Director and replacement of same with an indigene of the Niger Delta, it is an insult on the Niger Delta region that the Minister of Petroleum who also double as the President of Nigeria is from the North, the Group Managing Director – Dr. Maikanti Baru and four other members of the board are from the North. 

“We demand immediate removal and investigation of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu for spending over N150m on some selfish ex-militant leaders to work against the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups in the Niger Delta without any result. 

 “We congratulate the Niger Delta Avengers for successful operation in Akwa Ibom and assure them of more cooperation and support, we wish to prove here that there was attack on Exxon Mobil pipeline, even Exxon Mobil as at today can testify that there was attack, and we promise that more are coming in the next few weeks if the Minister of State for Petroleum, Group Managing Director – NNPC and Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority still remains in office.”

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