By Tina Akannam
Dutseâ€”The former military intelligence officer, Alhaji Sagir Mohammed, has observed that the offer of amnesty by President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua to the Niger Delta militants will not work, saying that it is obvious that not all the militants leaders are ready to surrender their arms.
Alhaji Mohammed who made this observation in a chat with news men said the persistent of militancy in the Niger Delta oil rich region is an indication that those claim to be fighting for the region are fighting for their own selfish reasons, not the interest of the people of the region.
According to him, some of the leaders of the various militant groups will not accept the Amnesty offer from the president because they are enjoying loots from government officials, the money they make from the oil Bunkery as well as the money they money they make from selling crude oil to orthodox international oil markets.
Said he â€œHow do you expect youths who are making millions of naira daily from lifting of illegal crude oil they sell to their international buyers to accept president YarÃ¡dua amnesty. It means the end of their illegal trades and they are not ready to stop it for now.â€
Alhaji Mohammed who is also a closed associate of former president Ibrahim Babangida suggested that the only way to handle and completely curb the activities of the militant in Niger delta is for president Yarâ€™adua to give a military order to put a total stop the madness in the area.
Said he â€œThe international communities are watching and it appears the federal government has exhausted its military power, when a real order has not been given to the military to take strenuous action against the militants, and instead they are becoming a threat not only to the region but the entire nationâ€™.
The Jigawa born former military officer, who is also the Wazirin Ringim then expressed concern over what he describe as a threat from some militant leaders in the Niger/Delta who threaten to attack the north, saying the north is not their problem and charge them to blame their leaders who have collected billions of naira from the federal government without using it to improve the welfare of people in the region.
He then alleged that the Niger Delta past leader under former president Olusegun Obasanjo had collected over N4.5trillion naira between 1999 to 2007, stressing that if the Niger Delta militant are sincere with what they claim to be fighting for they should have started with quizzing their former leaders.