September 29, 2009

N-Delta Christian leaders condemn neglect of region

By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Christian leaders in the Niger Delta have condemned what they described as “the continued neglect, denial, under-development and injustice against the region”.

Acting under the aegis of Niger Delta Christian Forum (NDCLF), the group also charged the federal government to find a lasting solution to the problems facing the people of the area.

Speaking on behalf of the group after a prayer summit by the Imo State Chapter of the Forum, Bishop Innocent Erimujo, blamed the federal government for lacking the political will to tackle the issues involved.

“The federal government has all it takes to deal with the situation. Granting amnesty is not the only way to end the crisis, as the militants who surrendered their arms are already complaining of non-implementation of government’s promises,” the cleric said.

In his own contribution, Imo State Coordinator of the Forum, Bishop Stafford Nwaogu, accused politicians of “using deliberate poverty to ruin the region.”

He added that NDCLF was “not a political or pressure group but a group of Christian leaders, who believe that God is the last resort to the Niger Delta problems”.