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– The Niger Delta militants expressed their gratitude to those who rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s stance on restructuring
– The groups insisted that the quit notice issued by Arewa youths to Igbos residing in the north was done in collaboration with the northern elders, the President’s cabal and top security chiefs from the north
– They demanded that northerners return 70 per cent and Yorubas 15 per cent of their oil blocks to the Niger Delta people and stated that they would no longer tolerate being treated as slaves in their own land
Yorubas and Hausas/Fulanis residing in the Niger Delta region have been warned again to vacate by October 1 by several agitating groups in the region.
According to reports, the groups made their stance known in a statement signed by John Duku (Niger Delta Watchdogs); Ekpo Ekpo (Niger Delta Volunteers ); Osarolor Nedam (Niger Delta Warriors ); Henry Okon Etete (Niger Delta Peoples Fighters); Asukwo Henshaw (Bakassi Freedom Fighters); Ibinabo Horsfall (Niger Delta Movement for Justice ); Duke Emmanson (Niger Delta Fighters Network) and Inibeghe Adams (Niger Delta Freedom Mandate), which was made available to journalists in Abuja.
They also reacted to the live broadcast delivered by President Muhammadu Buhari on his return from London, stating that Nigeria would not remain united without restructuring.
They stated: “We wish to thank all well – meaning Nigerians who threw their weight behind restructuring and disassociated themselves from the President’s position on restructuring.
“We want to remind him (the President) that without restructuring, there would be no united Nigeria.”
“The Coalition of Arewa Youths’ quit notice to Igbo was in collaboration with the Northern elders, the President’s cabal and top security chiefs from the North. They were properly consulted by the youths.
“Therefore, we maintain our previous position that Northerners and Yorubas should vacate the Niger Delta region before October 1, 2017, until justice is done.
“We can no longer tolerate this injustice, marginalization and being treated as slaves in our own land.
“We, therefore, demand that the Northerners should return 70 per cent and Yorubas 15 per cent of their oil blocks to the Niger Delta people for justice to prevail.”