BEVERLY HILLS, September 03, (THEWILL) – The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators has vowed to renew its attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta on September 10 declaring that the quit notice it issued to Hausas and Yorubas in the Niger Delta had not been withdrawn.
It stated that the Federal Government has not shown seriousness about the agitation in the Niger Delta but was busy negotiating with other aggrieved groups.
THEWILL recalls that the CNDA, had in August, told northerners and Yoruba to leave before October 1 or be forced out of the region.
“Our intelligence department has given us the list of the oil wells owned by the northerners. The northerners have over 90 per cent of the oil wells and the Yoruba have about seven per cent, while the Igbo have about two per cent and the Niger Delta people do not have up to one per cent of the oil wells,” the leader of the group, John Duku, told PUNCH.
“We are not talking only about the notice to quit; we are also talking about the Niger Delta Republic. We have seen that the Federal Government is not serious about the Niger Delta issue.
“Let me make a point here; the Academic Staff Union of Universities is on strike and the government has set up a committee to engage in a dialogue with ASUU.
“This has never happened in the case of the Niger Delta; the Federal Government has never inaugurated a committee to handle the Niger Delta issue.
“The only language the Federal Government seems to understand is violence. September 10 is the day we will resume attacks (on oil installations).
“By September 10, which is on Sunday, over 5,000 members of the Niger Delta Coalition of Agitators will shut down no less than over 20 platforms.”
The coalition also refuted the claim that it gave the Pan Niger Delta People’s Congress the mandate to withdraw the notice.
“We have not given anybody any mandate to withdraw the notice to quit we issued. On the group (PNDPC) talked about, we have said we are not working with this set of old people again. The composition of that group is not different from that of PANDEF,” he said.
“Already, we are talking with leaders of ethnic nationalities and if at the end, we reach a conclusion, we will make it public.
“Nobody will withdraw the notice on our behalf; we will do that. The fact is that those that announced the withdrawal of the notice are not the ones that issued it. We don’t know them.”