Stakeholders from the nine states of the Niger Delta region have warned the presidency against deliberate antics to divide and inflame the region by releasing documents that could cause confusion and bloodshed.
Stakeholders, including ex-militant youth, women and elderly from the region, said the Presidency’s decision to mass release ex-militant leaders payment data for amnesty grants is childish and a mischievous attempt to pit ex-militants against each other in the region. .
The stakeholders said in a statement issued in Yenagoa and signed by Commander Joseph Oyinkuro, despite the presidency’s feeble attempt, that the people of the region are aware that the ex-militant leaders have always received bulk payments and in turn distributed the funds to thousands of members within their various camps to maintain peace and stability in the region.
According to the statement, the presidency payment was intended to enable the federal government and multinational oil companies to research billions of dollars of oil and natural gas each year from the Niger Delta region, which already accounts for more than 90 percent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange revenues. over 50 years.
Rather than hide the names of terrorist sponsors from the public eye, stakeholders called on the presidency to do the same and release the names of the sponsors of Boko Haram, the Islamic State terrorists and bandits in the province. West Africa (ISAWP) who to this day have continued to maim, kill and displace tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children without any resistance from the Presidency.
According to the stakeholders: “On July 21, 2015, the federal government obtained a $2.1 billion credit from the World Bank to rebuild the northeastern zone devastated by the jihadist group Boko Haram.
President Muhammadu Buhari announced this in Washington DC, United States.
The Presidential Initiative for the Northeast began in 2015 with a $2.1 billion USD (more than N700 billion) loan from a world bank to 105,000 alleged beneficiaries from the north, while the Niger Delta amnesty program that will provide funds for the entire country generates only 30,000 beneficiaries with N65 billion per year.
“On June 24, 2020, Sahara Reporters published an article about the fat bank accounts of President Buhari, Sabiu Yusuf (Tunde), which shocked the governor of the CBN. Sabiu reportedly said that the billions in his accounts are “gifts” from people. But why not He gets such “gifts” when he was a prepaid card seller before 2015. Accepting “gifts” for favors he did while holding a privileged government position (he is Buhari’s chief of staff and de facto chief of staff) is against the law.
“According to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria’s revenue from the sale of oil and gas in the Niger Delta region alone amounts to N77.348 trillion dollars between 1999 and 2016. In particular, data collected by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, showed that Nigeria earned N77,348 trillion from the oil and gas industry from 1999 to 2016. This report only considers a 17-year period out of the more than 50 years.
Northerners as majority shareholders of oil wells and oil blocs in communities in the Niger Delta region, while Zamfara state gold mines and revenue from sales are registered as private companies.
“We must not forget that without the amnesty agreement, Nigeria would have gone bankrupt under the leadership of the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua. The federal government must not play with fire and they must understand that there are billions of dollars in foreign investment in the Niger Delta region with many foreign interests given their multi-billion dollar assets that are strategic for their national security interests.”
“Any attempt by the federal government to use their old divide and rule or conquer tactics to destabilize the Niger Delta region in order to continue the exploitation of our God-given resources will be resisted by all means, and every possible dialogue with the United Nations and other international organizations will require training and empowerment of a minimum of 1 million Amnesty beneficiaries.”