The coalition of ethnic nationalities of the Niger Delta, UNDEDSS, has decried President Buhari’s seeming disdain for peaceful resolution of the Niger Delta crisis, and concluded that the FGN is insincere about desiring to end the Niger Delta imbroglio peacefully and expeditiously! This is contained in a Press Statement issued by UNDEDSS’ Secretary General,Tony Uranta on Friday, September 9, 2016 following the body’s Emergency NWC Meeting held in Akure, Ondo State, on Friday, September 9, 2016.
UNDEDSS [United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy] states that, “the increasingly excessive and anti-people attempts by the Federal Government of Nigeria to seemingly intimidate and coerce the people of Niger Delta, via military harassment, into submitting to what is perceived as an attempt to openly steal its resources and rights, worries all right-thinking people of the world; especially since all this is at a time that the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Group has succeeded in getting the armed agitators to cease fire unilaterally and express their collective readiness to embrace dialogue. The world should note that the armed agitators have kept faith with their ceasefire, and the creeks of the Niger Delta are relatively at peace, save for the Nigerian military ‘maneuverings’!”
The Statement continued, “We do not understand how any peace-intent Government would waste weeks before accepting any olive branch that would help free all Nigerians from the present nationwide economic hardship being suffered, when we can trace dwindling Government revenues, power instabilities and mass impoverishment directly to the ongoing imbroglio in our region.”
“Would we blame the men in the creeks if they lose confidence in the FGN’s sincerity?” UNDEDSS Secretary General, Tony Uranta. He went further to claim that “the delay in the FGN responding to these positive peace moves from the region as a whole, is making many lose faith in the sincerity of this Administration to see Nigeria as its constituency; and has again resurrected the bogey of a virtual 97-5% dichotomy which Mr. President appears not to have progressively renewed his mind on.”
“Finally”, continued the UNDEDSS Statement, “Whilst we want the world to know that there appears to be a myopic hawkish agenda at play within FGN Leadership circles, we unconditionally reiterate our 100% confidence in the Chief Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Group; we strongly reiterate our position that only a sincere embracing of the 2009 Yaradua Niger Delta/National Peace Template can comprehensively and sustainably bring this impasse to an end, once and for all; we unequivocally condemn all continuing innocent harassment of innocent citizens and communities under the guise of a thinly-disguised military offensive, aka aptly as ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’; we urgently call on all international observers to keep keen watch on the FGN and the Niger Delta; we advise Mr. President to show that he really is President of ALL Nigerians, and begin demonstrating true positive CHANGE that begins with him doing the right things at all times; and, we call on President Buhari to urgently issue a Presidential Position embracing the peace overtures from the Niger Delta armed agitators, and summoning all to a negotiation table, so as to more help speedily ameliorate the hardship currently bedeviling most Nigerians nationwide.”