By Emeka Mamah
Kadunaâ€”The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condemned what it described as the â€œbellicoseâ€ attitude of the Niger Delta militants towards the efforts of the Federal Government to resolve the lingering crises in the area.
The ACF also said that some leaders of the Niger Delta militant groups were making inflammatory statements against northerners as if the North is responsible for the crises, pointing out that it is diversionary as the North has nothing but goodwill for the people of the Niger Delta. The ACFâ€™s position is contained in a statement, yesterday, signed by the national chairman of the forum, Major-Gen. IBM Haruna (rtd).
According to the ACF, the belligerent attitude of the militants is not helpful as it contradicts the spirit of the amnesty offered them by the Federal Government.
The statement reads, â€œthe attention of the Arewa Consultative Forum, as indeed many other Nigerians, has been drawn to the increasingly bellicose statements and declarations by some leaders of the militant groups in the Niger Delta. They seemed to be picking issues with and contradict the spirit of the amnesty offered by the Federal Government.
â€œThe MEND, whose leader, Henry Okah, was released from treason trial in accordance with the offer, has declared that they would only observe a 60-day ceasefire.
Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, leader of the other group, NDPSF, has been out making inflammatory spee-ches against Northerners in particular. He was quoted by the newspapers as accusing so-called â€˜Northern Oligarchsâ€™ as being responsible for the crisis in the Niger Delta region.
â€œThese actions and statements by these partisan elements who claim to be fighting on behalf of the people of the South-South, must be deeply troubling to every Nigerian. The impression conveyed by their remarks and actions is that they are not as committed to the search for the economic development of the Delta region as they are to the continuation of the violence,â€ the statement added.