By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has called onÂ visiting Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, to visit the Niger Delta to appreciate the suffering of the people.
Describing the bilateral agreement signed between Russia and Nigeria in the area of oil exploration as worthless in the face of the pervasive poverty in the region, the group in an online statement, said only the enthronement of true federalism could guarantee peace in the troubled Niger Delta.
MEND in a letter addressed to the Russian President urged him not to be deceived by the beautiful Federal Capital Territory, saying he should take a trip to the Niger Delta which incidentally is the treasure base of the nation’s economy to see the deplorable condition of living to appreciate the pain of the people.
The statement signed by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, reads in part: â€œYou must have been very impressed with Abuja as you rode from the airport to the Presidential villa.
As you took in the new city and its frenzy of construction projects, you imagined huge potentials for business between Abuja and Moscow. You are wrong – for now.
â€œThe Abuja that you see is a child of rape.
â€œI am sure you already know that the region where the wealth with which the city has been built remains mired in poverty and lack. That the people who own the resources have no stake in it for which we have now waged a war to emancipate.
â€œBy the way, Russian made weapons have been very helpful and reliable in our campaign and by the time you return to sign the genuine agreements with the rightful owners of the oil and gas, we may consider a military pact to defend our hard earned freedom.
It would have been nice to visit the region where you hope to develop gas and see the pathetic state the people live”.