It is a tension soaked Friday, as the Niger Delta militants, on Friday, have ordered all Northerners and the Yorubas residing in the Niger Delta region, to vacate the region before October 1, 2017.
This shocking order is contained in a statement signed by the Convener of the NDA, John Duku; Ekpo Ekpo of Niger Delta Volunteers; Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors); Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters); and Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice).
The order reads:
“After hours of careful deliberations, we unanimously resolved as follows: To commence operation zero oil in the Niger Delta, from September 10, 2017, as a preparation for the actualisation of Niger Delta Republic.
“We totally condemn the recent meeting between PANDEF and the Acting President; we see it as another plot to deceive the Niger Delta people. First and foremost, the meeting was marred by inordinate greed of the PANDEF as they did not involve the representatives of the agitating groups and youth leaders.
“We wish to let the Acting President know that those he met, have no capacity and cannot solve the current crisis in the Niger Delta; therefore they cannot represent the militants or speak for the Niger Delta people.
“The Federal Government should hand over all oil blocks owned by the Northerners/Yoruba to Niger Delta indigenes. All oil companies operating in such oil blocks/wells should vacate by October 1st, 2017.”
NDA further called on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to relocate its headquarters to any of the Niger Delta States, and replace its Group Managing Director with an indigene of the region.
“All the multinational oil, gas, servicing and marine companies, must relocate their operational base to the Niger Delta, sign a new memorandum of understanding with Niger Delta people, which will include Niger Delta indigenes being paid same salaries with foreigners.
“We demand independence and sovereign Republic of Niger Delta, all the companies and businesses owned by the Northerners/Yorubas in Niger Delta, should be vacated before October 1, 2017.”
“We call on all agitating groups to resume attacks/bombings on all oil/gas pipelines, especially the exporting lines across the Niger Delta region from September 10, 2017. This is to ensure zero oil/gas production before October 1, 2017.
“We shall work to interface with more patriotic and zealous Niger Delta people, to work out new collective approach that will ensure total freedom and complete control of our resources by any means necessary.”