By Emma Amaize
YENAGOA – NIGER DELTA agitators on Wednesday said they had forgiven former Presidents Ibrahim Babaginda and Olusegun Obasanjo their past infractions against the youth because of their fearlessness in speaking the truth and asking President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country.
They also urged all Nigerian youth to forgive the two former leaders for speaking truth to power.
Speaking under the auspices 21st Century Youths of Niger Delta, the agitators in a statement by their spokesperson, W O I Izon Ebi, asserted: “We applaud General IBB and General OBJ for their boldness for the love of Nigeria and the youth.”
They also cautioned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Brutai, over his planned re-launching of Operation Crocodile Smile 3 and Python Dance 3, saying they would not accept unprofessional military action from Nigerian soldiers.
The agitators pleaded: “We urge all Nigerian youths to forgive them and take the message because they are part of the problem of Nigeria and now they have realized themselves to say the truth because they are close to the creator to answer for their mix-up. Their sins are forgiven for this single act of courage and boldness to speak the truth for the love of Nigeria and the future of Nigerian youth.
“It is now left for General Muhammadu Buhari to do the needful to restructure the country because every father will always like to give their children a future. What does General Buhari want to be remembered for? We leave the question for him to answer because everything has been exposed,” they said.
Their words: “The 21st Century Youths of the Niger Delta and agitators with conscience applaud General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, popularly known as IBB for his courage and love for Nigerian youths for standing up and speaking as a general that believes in Nigerian unity and his love for Nigerian youth.”
“His message is simple, urging the youths of Nigeria to wake up from their slumber and rise up to take leadership from the analogue leaders that have failed their generation, advising Nigerian youth that they are in a better place and well qualified to offer leadership.
“ It is not surprising to us when Professor Umar Labdo Mohammed of the Faculty of Humanity, North-West University, Kano will be making provocative, derogatory hate speech that the Fulanis are born to rule Nigeria for a long time and Niger Delta resources are owned by the North because of their land mass and population.
“It is not surprising to us because God is using him to expose the reason we find ourselves in this primitive, barbaric and ungodly society called Nigeria. How do you explain and defend the fact that the allocation of Katsina state with no oil is far higher than the allocation of the six oil producing states in the Niger Delta, where oil is produced using the indices of land mass and population.
“The – called land mass that is supposed to be used for agriculture is now a breeding ground and training camp for terrorists to be killing Nigerians on a daily basis in the name of Islamic religion and doctrine. The so -called population is now empowered with AK47 rifles and cows with the aid of mercenaries killing innocent Nigerians and hardworking Nigerian farmers that are struggling to provide food for the nation in the name of Fulani herdsmen and the Federal Government is trying to proffer a legal backing to justify their killing of innocent Nigerians with cattle colony,” the agitators added.
They warned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Brutai, over his planned re-launching of Operation Crocodile Smile 3 and Python Dance 3, saying: “The last time we checked, we found out that the country’s armed forces swore to an oath of protecting the lives of its citizens and the territorial integrity of its nation.
“And that is what is playing out and we in the Niger Delta will not, we repeat, will not take any military action in any guise from the unprofessional Nigerian Army headed by Tukur Brutai, which has lost its pride and glory.
“How can the Nigerian Army explain that they are absorbing repentant Boko Haram members into the army and contemplating absorbing 30,000 civilian JTF into the Nigerian army and under their nose, foreign Fulani cattle breeders are killing innocent Nigerians and Nigerian farmers on a daily basis without the arrest of any culprit.