Obasanjo: PANDEF slams former President over comments on Niger Delta

Obasanjo: PANDEF slams former President over comments on Niger Delta

The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has criticized former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comment that Niger Delta oil belongs to Nigeria; noting that the former president was only being mischievous.

1st News had reported that Obasanjo, in his reaction to a letter by South South leader and elder statesman, Edwin Clark, reiterated that the crude oil cannot be controlled by the region but the Federal Government.

However, the PANDEF in a statement on Thursday, December 30, issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said: “Former President Obasanjo understands what we are saying when we say that oil in the Niger Delta belongs to the people of the region, he knows what we are saying.

“He understands the hardship and sufferings that we face in the Niger Delta region. God in his infinite mercy and all knowing status has placed within the lands of Niger Delta; these resources to ameliorate the sufferings of the people as perhaps to bless and make life easier for them.”

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Mr. Joseph Ambakederimo, Convener, South-South Reawakening Group, SSRG, also said: “I am not surprised to hear that from Obasanjo. If he had said otherwise, then that would have been a surprise to me. This has been his view a long time ago and coming to reaffirm it only brings to consciousness; the level of hate people like Obasanjo are prepared to rub on our faces; and challenge us from the region to do our worst. People like him, so long as the oil continues to flow, the rest of us from the region should go and die.

Obasanjo should tell us who bears the brunt of oil exploration; is it the entire Nigerian state or the oil bearing communities of the Niger Delta.

“It is unfortunate that a man who has held the highest office of the President would be the one to become so petty to engage in issues that tend to divide us.

“We will fold our hands and continue to watch this sordid drama that he has started unfold; because l believe we haven’t heard the last of this matter. However, henceforth, we will not hesitate to issue a persona non grata on persons; whose actions or words are inimical to the Niger Delta region cause; including our sons and daughters from the region who associate with such persons.”

 

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