Thursday, 21 March 2019

WAR TO WAR: Fresh Oil War Looms In N’Delta Over Alleged Killings




Fresh Oil War is at present looming within the Niger Delta region over alleged killings.

While the Niger Delta agitators have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put the activities of the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amachi under check, otherwise he might plunge the nation into fresh blown of oil war, the agitators under the auspices of 21st Century Youths of Niger Delta and Agitators with Conscience, in a statement by self styled ‘ General” Izon Ebi, a copy made available to Journalists in Asaba on Tuesday, said ” This will happen if our rights, aspirations and determination of the people to use their Permanent voter cards ( PVCs) to choose or elect our preferred candidates and representatives are further trampled upon.


Part of the statement reads” We want to warn that anything short of declaring the will of Rivers people who came out in their numbers devoid of intimidation and killings, stood out to ensure that their PVCs count, must be respected, and anything short of the peoples’ will would lead to a full-blown oil war on Nigerian economy, until this administration elapses”
However, two Ijaw groups, rooting for the AAC governorship Candidate, Awara Biokpomabo, urged the independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) on Monday not to bow to any intimidation and ensure that Arawa Biokpomabo is declared the winner in the gubernatorial elections in Rivers State, which suspended by INEC due to security reasons, but now going to restart, since he was already leading.
The groups are Ijaw People’s Development Initiative ( IPDI) led by Austin Ozobo and Niger Delta Security Watch Organization of Nigeria ( NDSWON) ,led by Dickson Bekederemo as they asserted” we condemn in strong terms the desecration of democracy in Rivers State and the Niger Delta by the Minister of Transport and the Nigerian Army and caution President Buhari to hold him back.



The statement further explained” The Nigerian Army has allowed itself into partisan politics, thereby degrading our once proud and respected armed forces to disrepute by indulging in ballot box snatching, intimidation of the people, to the extent of barring and refusing international observers from monitoring the elections in River state because of partisanship and self aggrandizement, it’s so shameful that a government that pride itself on integrity and fighting corruption would allow itself be ridiculed by indulging in election rigging, and its army snatching ballot boxes, intimidating and trampling on People’s dignity and liberty to freely choose their leaders in a democracy, we are bold to say that election rigging and intimidation of people, not to freely exercise their representatives and leaders are worse than corruption, We want to warn that no amount of conspiracy, intimidation, and killings of law-abiding Rivers citizens can avert the collective aspiration and determination of the will of the people because, it will be resisted with devastating consequences as experienced in the case of the Nigerian Maritime University ( NMU), Okerenkoko in Delta State.



The group stated, ” We want to advise President Buhari to be wary of the antics of his minister because his Previous action of trying to scrap NMU, Okerenkoko and maligning ex-militants leader, Government Ekpemukpolo, alias Tompolo, over frivolous corruption charges led to full-blown agitation that Plunged the Nigerian economy into recession”.
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