Boko Haram: Niger Delta Group Orders Northerners out in 21 days *accuses NLC of bias *recalls Southerners
By Jimmy Lace, Warri
With effect from January 24, 2012 the presence of any Northerner shall no longer be tolerated in the Niger Delta region.
This is in sharp response to the continued attacks on Christians by the Islamist fundamentalists, Boko Haram that have killed Christians in the Northern part of the country and consequently, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change has issued a 21-day ultimatum to all Northerners to move out of the oil-rich region or face reprisal actions.
The Group equally accused the Nigeria Labour Congress of being sponsored by highly placed Northern leaders and cartel in the oil industry to derail democracy in the country.
In a press statement by its President, Nelly Emma, Secretary, John Sailor and Public relations Officer, Mukoro Stanley, the group described as senseless the killings of Christians in the North by the dreaded Boko Haram and ordered all Northerners in the South, West and East of the country to return home within 21 days or be ready for reprisal attacks.
The press statement read in part; “Enough of the senseless killings of our brothers and sisters in the North by members of Boko Haram; we are not going to take it anymore hence we are giving this 21-day ultimatum to all Northerners to leave the South, West and East and return home because we want to fight back now and defend our people.”
The Group urged all Christians in the North to move back home, saying the Muslims have declared war against them and the time to fight back was now.
“We want to make it known to the Sultan of Sokoto and other Northern leaders that we are aware of their game plan to frustrate President Jonathan. The President is a nice man; if not a lot of people would have been killed by now as the late President Musa Yar’Adua did in the Niger Delta region by killing innocent people of Gbaramatu Kingdom of Delta State; but nobody should take the peaceful nature of President Jonathan for granted, he wants the unity and progress of the nation and we are not going to allow anybody to frustrate him, enough is enough,” the group warned.
The Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change implored the President to remain focus in the face of the numerous challenges and also enjoined CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and other Church leaders to pray for the nation over threat by Boko Haram to divide the country.
The Group stated that removal of fuel subsidy was the best for the country and accused the NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar of allowing himself to be used by the Sultan of Sokoto and the cartel in the oil industry to frustrate the administration of President Jonathan.
“The struggle by NLC has not benefited the common man in any way and labour should stop deceiving Nigerians; NLC is always embarking on selfish negotiation. The best thing to do by NLC is to go to court to challenge the fuel subsidy removal instead of unnecessary protests across the country. The leaders of the organized labour have collected money from highly placed Northern leaders and the cartel in the oil industry to cause problem in the country, but we are not going to allow them have their way this time around, all well meaning Nigerians should support fuel subsidy removal and ignore our selfish labour leaders, Nigerians must resist being used to derail the administration of President Jonathan,” the group said.