By Emmanuel Aziken
Abujaâ€”The Delta State chapter of Oil Mineral Stakeholders Forum (OMSTAFOR) has flayed the amnesty offer by the Federal Government as a diversion from the genuine grievances and groans of people of the Niger Delta.
The group in a statement issued by its chairman, Dr. Diamond Emuobor, said the people would have been happier if the government had given the hook to fish instead of giving them unpleasant fish in the form of an amnesty.
â€œWe can fish for ourselves from the vast oil prospects that is in abundance in our land. We donâ€™t need a Federal Government to tell us how we may be entitled to gain from our God-given providence, while we can negotiate directly with oil companies who want to do business with our environment.
â€œThis is the crux of the militancy in the area. But rather than address how to give hooks to the regional occupants who are agitated by the move that a dozen proposals made by several deceitful commissions in time past that have failed to measure up to the region’s expectation, another hoaxing proposition is now and again being festered on the region as help.
â€œThis proposal of amnesty is the most deceitful of all the proposals as witnessed by the stakeholders.
â€œWe implore therefore the Federal Government to take the bull by the horn and address once and for all, if the president has the interest of the region at heart and save Nigeria from a future disintegration which must come if the case of making the region to participate in the true shaping of the oil is swept under the carpet of amnesty.
â€œThe 36 states, the 774 local government areas that are bustling with wealth and human developments derive their wealth and other infrastructural lives from the oil, which forms about 98% of the federal export from this region. Who is fooling who?
â€œWe may be postponing the evil day if the right thing is not done now. It is our pleasure that Nigeria develop along other developing nations of the world with true patriotism that is built on true federalism if Nigeria must remain a federation.â€™â€™