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N-Delta: Groups task Yar’Adua on peace

By Emma Amaize
PORT-HARCOURT—A coalition of nine non-violence organizations in the Niger-Delta has called on President Umaru Yar’Adua to ensure that the Federal Government fulfilled its promise of developing the region in order to sustain the current peace achieved so far.

The coalition includes the Niger Delta Youth Peace Forum(NDYPF), Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Niger Delta Conflict and Reconciliation Movement (NDCRM), Niger Delta Youth Solidarity Movement (NDYSM) and Indigenous Youth Intermediaries Movement (IYIM).

Others are Network for Ijaw Women (NIW), Niger Delta Women for Peace Movement (NDWPM), Niger Delta Defence And Security Council (NDDSC) and  the Niger Delta Youth Movement for Restoration of Peace (NDYMRP).

National President of the NDYMRP, Comrade Tonye Bobo, who spoke on behalf of the coalition at a briefing, urged President Yar’Adua  not to take any action that would jeopardize the peace negotiations with ex-militants and consequently  cause a possible revolt that could bring about another genocide in some parts of the Niger Delta .

He said the coalition also wanted the president to carefully consider government’s stand on the deregulation of the oil sector, non-withdrawal of the JTF troops from the Niger Delta, and failure to probe defaulters of misapplication of the 13 per cent derivation fund for the oil producing communities in some Niger Delta states.

He, however, commended the president for granting amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta.


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