– Niger Delta militants insisted on attacking South African companies
– They asked to meet with Professor Yemi Osinbajo
– The militants claimed they were sidelined in the negotiation mission
Militants in the Niger Delta region have asked vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to meet with them if he wants his fact-finding mission in the region to be a success.
The vice president has been touring the Niger Delta region and meeting with stakeholders from the region as a way of ending militancy and working towards the development of the region.
Vanguard reports that militants on the aegis of Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Volunteers, Niger Delta Strike Force and Niger Delta Warriors claimed Osinbajo’s visit was hijacked by politicians and not in their own interest.
They said the vice president has not been briefed on core issues concerning the Niger Delta problem and that they were shut out of interactions with him.
They also reiterated their desire to attack South African investments in Nigeria due to xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
They said: “The visit of the acting President did not carry along the agitators in the arrangements. Those who matter most in this fact-finding mission are the armed and the unarmed youths who are in the forefront of the agitation. They are the ones that have the capacity to do harm to the economy of the nation and yet, the government, in collaboration with their political parties, is alienating and shielding these potent forces from the acting President.
“Let it be known to the acting President that his fact-finding visit can only be meaningful when he hears from the agitators or their representatives. We demand that the acting President should invite the representatives of agitating groups to give first-hand information to him, as this will bring the desired long lasting peace to the region.”
A few days ago, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, issued a serious warning to Professor Osinbajo to stop acting as if only Ijaws were in the Niger Delta region.