Confab logjam: Ex-militants plan return to creeks

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BY Emma Amaize

WARRI—SOME groups in the Niger Delta are preparing to return to the creeks following the standoff at the national conference over resource control.

The Niger Delta People Salvation Front, NDPSF, led by Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo, in a statement, yesterday, said: “We are stating that going back to the creeks may be inevitably preferable, rather than allow for the wealth of our people to  be used to develop or rehabilitate a parasitic, barren yet ignorantly arrogant North.

“We are ready to mobilise our people from across the Niger Delta and even in Diaspora to stand up for definite showdown and direct action. The North must no longer be sustained at our expense. Our God-given resources belong to us and not Nigeria. The end of Lugard’s Nigeria is now,” spokesman of NDPSF,  Rex Anighoro said.

“Let us state very emphatically that irrespective of the final determination of the national conference, our minimum expectation and demand as a people remains 100 per cent control of our resources or nothing.

“The national conference can go on and propose even 100 states, agree to rehabilitate and develop areas ravaged by insurgency and internal conflicts, agree to develop solid mineral resources and whatever, but let it be known that not a dime of the resources of the people of the Niger Delta should be factored into this odious compromise.

“It has now come to a definitive moment to demand the abolishment, henceforth, the sustenance of the barren states of Nigeria with the resources of the Niger Delta in the name of monthly allocation amongst others,” he added.

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