By Onitsha Shedrack,——
A new militant group, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has described the recent the six Niger Delta states stakeholders consultative meeting held in Effurun- Warri, Delta State as a charade as the conveners Dr. Edwin Clark, has no mandate to represent or speak for the region.
NDGJM which has claimed responsibilities for carrying out a fresh attack on two major trunk/delivery lines operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NDPC) Delta State, asked the federal government and well meaning Nigeria disregard whatever is the outcome of the conference.
The group noted that the Warri conference was populated by the same gang of breast-pocket politicians who in the six years of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency, ruled with him, looted the nation and raped the Niger Delta, which they claim to be representing therefore nothing good will come out of it.
In a statement signed by the NDGJM Spokesman, Gen Aldo Agbalaja he stated that Dr. E.K. Clark does not have the mandate to convene a meeting or speak on behalf of the Niger Delta, adding that the Niger Delta Greenland JusticeMandate is not in support of that so-called stakeholders’ meeting.
According to Gen Agbalaja; “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.
“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.
“ 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.
We are serving a notice that the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is still carrying on with this campaign against Nigeria’s oil and gas interest until the federal government does right by our people.
Like we said in our previous message, only a credibly convened conference of Niger Delta stakeholders, made up of real, grass-rooted representative from the six core Niger Delta state, not breast-pocket rogues, who are merely looking for more avenues to sleaze and looting, can dialogue on behalf of the region and get a real deal out for our people, and 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.
“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 builds 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.
While sounding a note of warning to the government the group stated further that; “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.
“We will continue to carry out more deadly attacks until the right thing is done”.