Our Patience Is Running Out Over Delayed Negotiation – Niger Delta Militants Warns FG

A coalition of militant groups under the aegis of  Ultimate Warriors of the Niger Delta (UWND) on Wednesday said their patience was running out over failure of the government to open negotiation with them, two weeks after declaring a ceasefire.
A statement by the group’s Media Director, Sibiri Taiowoh, titled, ‘If you make the peaceful change that we seek impossible, we will make violent change possible,’ indicated that the group has pledged affiliation with the Niger Delta Avengers.
UWND also threatened to embarked on full-scale destruction of oil installations in the days ahead.
The statement reads, “We are sounding this as a last warning before the whirlwind gets down. The tsunami that would descend in coming days would be severe for the current government to handle.
“We bet you this government wouldn’t be able to handle what would happen in the Niger Delta in the days ahead. When it gets down, they would say the opposition is behind it but we don’t care. All over the world, militia groups emerge for a reason and we have made our reasons clear and vivid.”
UWND berated government officials who it claimed were throwing punches at themselves instead of discussing with them.
“Two week of ceasefire had gone without any tangible effort by the government. No roundtable dialogue has kick started, instead, government officials are quarreling over critical issue of national important.
“Our patience is running out and we have decided to let the world know our grievances pure and plain again. The operations that would follow these plans are strategic and all operations would be codified as our goals have been codified in a one line mission statement.”
“Our mission is simple; give us our rightful due as producer of Nigeria oil wealth. We would not give you the peace you want to continue the exploitation of our people if we don’t see proactive government action on major federal government projects in the Niger Delta like the multibillion dollar Export Processing Zone (EPZ) project and the already approved Federal University of Maritime in Okenrenkoko, Delta state.
“For us, this is not about Jonathan, not about Tompolo and any other person they are pointing fingers to as master mind of this well planned attacks. This is about us-the indigent people. This is about our mothers and children you are being ripped off. And some have said why now; it is simple. There is time for everything; this is the time for change and we want the change in the Niger delta now!”, the group said.

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