A group of Nigerian Delta Agitators under the auspices of Coalition of Niger Delta agitators yesterday denied withdrawing their quit notice to northerners and south westerners living in the region to leave by October 1, 2017 or face dire consequences.
The group also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign on health ground and go home, saying he has failed to deliver on his campaign promises to the people, while things have gone from bad to worse during his two years reign.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja after their meeting, the group said it never mandated anybody to withdraw its quit notice, neither is it prepared to work with the Edwin Clark led PANDEF. Signatories to the statement include General Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers; General Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors); Major-Gen. Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Major-Gen. Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters); Major-Gen. Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice); Major-Gen. Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters Network); Major-Gen.
nibeghe Adams (Niger Delta Freedom Mandate); Major-Gen. Abiye Tariah (Niger Delta Development Network) and Major-Gen. Joshua Ebere for Renewed Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta. Others were Major-Gen. Jeremiah Athony Movement for Actualization of Niger Delta Republic; Major Francis Okoroafor for Niger Delta Freedom Redemption Army and Colonel Nelson Okochi Walter.
It states: “Our Quit Notice remains valid, we have not withdrawn it. Our attention has been drawn to the publication in some national Newspapers of Friday 1st September, 2017 that we, the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators mandated one Chief Mike Loyibo of Pan Niger Delta Peoples’ Congress (PNDPC) to withdraw quit notice on our behalf.
“We want to state here clearly that we did not at any point in time appoint or mandate anyone to withdraw any quit notice on our behalf neither did the self-acclaimed leader of PNDPC ever met with us or our representative to discuss any matter relating to quit notice.
“Our quit notice stands. We cannot work with PNDPC or PANDEF. We want to use this opportunity to inform the general public that we stand by all our previous statements. The quit notice we issued to Northerners and Yorubas remain valid. “As a matter of fact, our Strike Team are already prepared and positioned to start attack on oil facilities across the Niger Delta from September 10, 2017 in preparation for our planned declaration of Niger Delta Republic on October 1st, 2017.”
The statement said the Coalition has concluded arrangement to stage a mass protest across all Niger Delta states with effect from 12th September 2017, saying “we have concluded plans and have the backing of over 500 groups. “We want to warn everyone that would not be part of the protest to stay indoors, all shops, markets, businesses, schools, parks and companies should remain locks as we cannot guarantee that the protest is going to be peaceful because we shall resist any attempt by security forces to destabilize the planned protest.
“Nothing is working in Nigeria for the past two years that President Buhari took over the affairs of government. It is our belief that the President did not come to salvage the Nigerian economy, rather he came for revenge, even so called corruption he claimed to fight is even worst under his government. His cabal is using his weakness to siphon the Nigeria treasury.
“We condemn in its entirety the recent development in NNPC which further shows how biased President Buhari is. It is so glaring that Nigerian state is heading towards doom. The President does not have any conscience and cannot lead the country.
“He is only interested in his Fulani and Northern brothers that was the reason we called for the replacement of the Group Managing Director of NNPC because we know this grave marginalization would happen.”
Credit THE NATION