Like their counterpart, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), rampaging new militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore resolutions issued by the Chief Edwin Clark-led Niger Delta Coastal States stakeholders meeting that held in Warri, Delta State, last Friday.
The group, which claimed responsibility for the bombing of NPDC crude oil trunk line at Udu Local Government Area of the state last Friday, Chief Clark, Gov Ifeanyi Okowa, traditional rulers and other stakeholders at the meeting were only seeking national relevance in order to draw money from the pockets of the FG and oil multinationals.
Spokesperson for NDGJM, “Gen.” Aldo Agbalaja, made the remarks in a statement made available to Nigerian Tribune on Monday in Warri.
The militants, who described the stakeholders’ meeting as a charade, identified Clark and others as cronies of President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime who had a field day.
Clark, the group opined, lacked the mandate to speak for the entire Niger Delta region, saying he could only do that for his Ijaw nationality.
“He (Clark) does not have the mandate to convene a meeting or speak on behalf of the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is not in support of that so-called stakeholders’ meeting, which by the way was populated by the same gang of breast-pocket politicians who in the six to seven years of Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency, ruled with him, looted the nation and raped the Niger Delta.
We see that meeting in Warri on Friday last week as an attempt by this same gang, led by Clark, to creep back into national relevance and continue with the looting spree that supposedly ended with Jonathan’s regime,” the group alleged.
On the ceasefire notice by members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) as a fall-out of the stakeholders’ meeting, the group described it as hypocrisy, noting that it has become obvious that the organisers of the truce meeting were the masquerades behind the Avengers.
It added that the ceasefire was designed to milk more money from the Federal Government and oil multinationals at the expense of the ordinary Niger Deltans.
“We are neither moved by the stage-playing in name of the call for ceasefire by the Warri gang last Friday, nor by the acting up that followed in the supposed ceasefire declaration by the Niger Delta Avengers.
As a matter of fact, the people who called for truce were the same set of people who put the Avengers together in the first place, therefore the hypocrisy of these people is becoming glaring to the world by the day.
We also know that the charade called ceasefire is in the bid to collect more money from both the federal government and oil companies, to be shared between the founders and the boys of the Avengers,” the group alleged.
According to the group, “We hereby serve a notice that the so-called truce called by E.K Clark and co is not recognised by the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate as we do not see Clark as the leader of all Niger Delta, but of only the Ijaw nation.”
It vowed to continue with its bombing of the country’s oil and gas interest until the needful is done.
“Like we said in our previous message, only a credibly convened conference of Niger Delta stakeholders, made up of real, grass-rooted representatives from the six core Niger Delta states, not breast-pocket rogues, who are merely looking for more avenues to sleaze and loot, can dialogue on behalf of the region and get a real deal out for our people.
Those are the kind of representatives that the Niger Delta people can trust with their mandate.
Therefore, President Buhari should take note: stop wasting your time with these people, they are not serving the interest of the Niger Delta and they cannot stop the current campaign.
They can only withdraw their boys, the Avengers, from action, but not the genuine campaigners for a better Niger Delta,” the group averred.
The group has however advised the FG to liaise with a group led by the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, Alfred Diete-Spiff which they described as credible and can genuinely represent people of the region.
“We are also aware that there is a group(NDDCG), led by the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, Alfred Diete-Spiff, which has the involvement of some international agencies.
“We would rather the federal government build on this group to reach out to the genuine representatives of the peoples of the region, across the six states, to discuss the way forward because we believe what is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
Build on this group and reach out to our people, not on an Edwin Clark group, which had connived with Jonathan in the past to subject this region, including the majority of our Ijaw brothers, to one of the most untold humiliations by leaving the region they claimed to be representing worse than it was under previous administrations.
Enough of these buccaneers in the name of leaders of the region, our people from both the upland and the creeks deserve a better deal, not the Avengers kind of deal,” it stated.