Militants Shun Buhari’s Peace Parley, Vow To Continue Bombing

By Ikenga Chronicles November 2, 2016

Despite the meeting between elders of the Niger Delta region and President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, militant groups in the region have vowed to continue bombing oil pipelines.

Governors, ministers and elders including Edwin Clark ,former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Victor Attah, and King Diete Spiff, had in the meeting with the President presented a 16-point demand which they believe would help restore peace in the troubled oil-rich region.

However, militants in the region under the aegis of Niger Delta Peoples Democratic Front and the Concerned Militant Leaders, in separate statements said they were not happy that no former militant leader was among those chosen to be part of representatives of the region in the meeting.

The militants therefore labelled the meeting a futile exercise that will not put an end to the attacks on oil facilities.

The groups’ leaders, General Ben and General Playboy insisted that such a meeting without any recognised former Niger Delta militant would not protect the interest of the people of the region.

They said, “Pipeline bombing cannot stop because the people going for the meeting do not know why they are going there. It is not the first, second, or third time and would not be the last. So, we cannot be deceived or bamboozled by whatever tag is given to the meeting.”

“We insist on implementation of the report of the National Conference and other reports on the development of Niger Delta region. Anything short of this is insincere and will not be accepted. For a genuine peace, past reports of several commissions on Niger Delta must be visited.”

General Playboy specifically added, “Our elders and leaders are not helping matters at all. They do not really know the plight of Niger Delta people because they are wealthy, quite rich and do not take issues about the region seriously”, the groups lamented.

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