By Cletus Opukeme, Abuja
An Ijaw youths leader, Comrade Sammy George, National Coordinator of Patriotic Ijaw youths leaders in collaboration with Niger Delta People through the Assembly of Niger Delta Indigenous Peoples (ANDIP) has given reasons why he would lead millions of Niger Delta youths to demand for right to sell oil and Gas in Niger Delta, just like their Northern counterparts in Zamfara state who are selling Gold found in their domain.
In a press statement sent to Daily Watch and signed by the National coordinator patriotic Ijaw Youth leaders forum, Comrade Sammy George has declared.
“The current glaring practice supported by the President Muhammadu Buhari led Administration, has become an eyesore and an effrontery on the emotions and sensibilities of the Niger Delta People.
“Recall that the President directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to buy GOLD from Zamfara State after a presentation of the prescious metal before the President by the Zamfara State Governor at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“The extraction of GOLD by Zamfara People despite the provisions of the Mineral Act and Land Use Act although both military legislations which unilaterally nationalized Niger Delta Oil and Gas, is an indication of double standards within the Nigerian State apparently established by Military Leadership heavily dominated by the North and Western extractions respectively is a gross indication of bias, inequality and inequity against Niger Delta People.
“Therefrom, it is imperative that the Niger Delta People through the Assembly of Niger Delta Indigenous Peoples (ANDIP) should no longer fold our hands and watch this damning injustices meted against us for over 50 years since 1966. As a Co-Federating Region of the Nigerian State, we must do this base on the fact that our agreement in 1959 before the formation of a Nigerian State whose political authority rests in the hands of Indigenous Peoples, will be a state where all regions are Semi-Autonomous and will control their respective resources”
According to him, “We also declare that the Federal Ministry of Petroleum should now be Niger Delta Petroleum Agency and the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation should be Niger Delta Petroleum Cooperation. The CBN must begin to buy Crude Oil and Gas from the Niger Delta People and all Niger Delta Governors must work together to ensure the setting up these offices in the Niger Delta Region. We must control our resources same way the North is controlling their resources because freedom is not freely given by the oppressor.” He said.