The Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) has said that its earlier threat to launch six missiles simultaneously against some targeted areas in Nigeria, especially, Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory was waved aside as a result of President Muhammadu Buhari’s move to open talks with them.
This position was made known in a press statement on Friday and signed on behalf of the Joint Revolutionary Council by the Commander, General Duties, General Akotebe Darikoro; Creeks Network Coordinator, General Torunana Owellatei; Pipelines Bleeding Expert, General Agbakakuro Owei-Tauro and Intelligence Bureau, General Pulokiri Ebiladei.
The group said that they saw some genuine aspiration “on the part of Pharaoh of Nigeria (Buhari) who made several contacts to us to see reasons with them in terms of under-development of the region. And since he (Buhari) had set the ball rolling for a clear negotiation with us, there is no problem without solution hence we ceasefire to negotiate with the
government if it is a true reflection of what they have in mind to development the Niger Delta region.
“We are not ready to negotiate with the federal government in terms of monetary benefit to us but how genuinely the government can develop the region is at the centre of our discussion, anything less than that we will continue our struggle without further warning to the federal
“Our demands include:
1. Immediate release of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and Dr. Nnamdi Kanu, whose releases was pronounced by the court severally and their continue detention is unconstitutional and against the tenet of our nascent democracy in the
2. Direct EFCC to defreeze the bank accounts of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, (a.k.a. Tompolo)
- The only Nigerian Maritime University sited in the most appropriate and befitting place – Okerenkoko in Delta State, must start the 2015/2016 academic session immediately.
4. The immediate implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference report, failure of which Nigeria will forcefully break-up.
5. Oil-polluted lands in the Niger Delta must be cleaned up, while compensation should be paid to all oil-producing communities, e.g. Chevron fire outbreak of gas explosion in Koluama, Bayelsa state and Bonga Oil Spill in 2011.
6. Removal of Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd.) as an Amnesty Coordinator who is naïve about the programmes and policies and does not know us to the grassroot. Hence he (Boroh) should be re-placing with Dr. Felix Tuodolo who has been in the struggle of non-violence
since 1980 and the designer of the Amnesty programme, as this will stall further vandalization of pipelines in the region.
7. Why all these attacks on oil and gas pipelines in the region is that the Pharaoh of Nigeria (Buhari) made a childish statement that, he will develop those areas that gave him 95% votes during his presidential election last year. We the Niger Delta people only gave
him 5% hence we vowed that our oil money will not be use for the development of any other region. The President should change his mind set towards the region, if not this will continue.
“We further thanked the American government and other international nations through several email, in prevailing on us not to use Missiles but to tow the part of coming into a round table discussion with the federal government, we shall continue to engage in dialogue if our
demands are met. Our representatives for the dialogue especially the Governors and others will not betray our demands with the federal government. Any betrayal on their own part shall be viewed as betrayal of the entire region and we shall go after them immediately as they knows our mode of operation in which they will not escape from us.
“We also thank our foreign partners who have gone back with their chartered submarine vessel if these demands are not met as we have ceasefire now, there will be NO further ultimatum to the Nigerian government.” [myad]