Goodluck Jonathan to save the Ijaw

2008-10-29

Yenagoa-the federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities (FNDIC) has called on vice president Goodluck Jonathan to save the Ijaw from massive and worsening extra-judicial military aggressions from the presidency.
FNDIC President, Chief Bello Oboko, in a statement made available to Vanguard in Yenagoa, said the Ijaw were worried that since Dr. Jonathan’s visit to Ijaw and other Niger Delta personalities and strongholds, a military watch list has allegedly emerged from the presidency with consequent massive Joint Task Force (JTF) extra-judicial trial.
He also expressed worry that the presidency opted out of a dialogue process and contemplated Africom, a US/Africa military pact to magnify the ongoing aggressions on the Ijaw, funded by the N444billion security-centred Niger Delta 2008 budgetary vote.
While calling on Jonathan to negotiate cessation of military aggressions, Oboko said in recommending political approach to resolving the Niger Delta challenge, several top Nigerian Military personnel echoed the voice of the international community to employ dialogue.
“After initial aggressions, former president Olusegun Obasanjo settled for dialogue through positive action in setting up NDDC, releasing 13 percent derivation and convocation of stakeholders meeting where he declared Niger Delta a national challenge and condemned buck-passing as the communities, local, state and federal governments all shared guilt in the region’s sorry plight, Oboko said.

 

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