The coalition of agitators underneath the aegis of Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) and Mass Motion within the Niger Delta yesterday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning the oil-rich area amid quite a few guarantees by his administration.
They described the final three years as most tortuous for the zone, stating that the Federal Authorities had just about achieved nothing within the area.
The coalition decried what it described because the continued poor remedy of the zone, including: “The assets of the world are being channelled to fund interventionist programmes within the North East to the chagrin of former militants and combatant components within the Niger Delta.”
In a press release by the spokespersons of JRC and Mass Motion within the Niger Delta, Cynthia White, and Godswill Tamuno, the liberty fighters alleged that ongoing programmes such because the Presidential Amnesty Programme had been deserted by the Buhari administration whereas greater than $6.four billion had been spent on numerous intervention tasks within the North East.
They due to this fact referred to as on former agitating teams to galvanise for the event of the area, stating: “Our silence must not ever be mistaken for cowardice. If we don’t come collectively and act, we are going to all be consumed by the ignominy of the Buhari junta (authorities).”
The militants alleged: “In 2016, $3.Three billion was spent on intervention programmes within the North East. In 2017, one other $3.1 billion was additionally spent on intervention. In 2018, an identical quantity has been quietly offered for within the finances. This doesn’t embrace the latest declaration of a provision of $1 billion for safety functions in the identical zone.”
The coalition added: “But, the identical Federal Authorities continues to complain of lack of funds to prosecute the cleanup of Ogoniland and full the East West Street.
“The previous three years has been an intensely terrifying expertise for the Niger Delta and its individuals. For 3 complete years and counting, the Buhari authorities has intentionally launched a marketing campaign to subdue, neglect and abandon the world.
“There was no new undertaking and no new imaginative and prescient for the area. In truth, outdated tasks, such because the East West Street that was reaching completion stage, have been recklessly deserted.”
The agitators expressed reservations over the proposed $2 billion refinery undertaking for the border city of Mashi in Katsina State, regretting that the one in Kaduna, constructed from oil wealth, had did not ship.