Niger Delta Group Warns Boko Haram Sponsors
By Jimmy Lace, Warri
A group, Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change has warned members of the Boko Haram against destabilizing the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and vowed to return fire for fire.
The group also urged President Goodluck Jonathan to order security agencies to raid the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the north believed to be sponsoring Boko Haram sect.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, July 18, 2011 the group condemned worsening security situation in the country, saying it was a calculated attempt to discredit the administration of President Jonathan.
“But let it be known to members of the Boko Haram and their sponsors that we will resist any attempt to destabilize the current administration of President Jonathan who is a worthy son of the Niger Delta and we will spill our last blood to defend his administration,” they said.
In a statement signed by the President, Nelly Emma; Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer, Mukoro Stanley; the group accused a prominent royal father in the north for sponsoring members of the Boko Haram in order to create crisis in the country, saying that any plot against President Jonathan by the North would be resisted.
According to them; “For a very long time, we have watched with total dismay the activities of members of Boko Haram in some parts of the country and we hereby warn that enough is enough; Boko Haram must give peace a chance, stop disturbing one of our own, President Jonathan as we are not going to take it easy with anybody or group of persons trying to make the country ungovernable for the President.
While rejecting call for the withdrawal of soldiers from Borno State, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change said; “This is one request President Jonathan must turn down because the call is self-serving; some prominent leaders in the North including a traditional ruler are backing Boko Haram to cause havoc in the country.”
The group also said; “Let this traditional ruler that is very known to all of us call members of the Boko Haram that he is using to disturb the administration of President Jonathan to order, but we know that he will not do that as he never expected a man from the oil-rich Niger Delta region to rule the country and that is why he has been imposing ministers and governors that cannot deliver on Nigerians and we are using this medium to advise the President to be wary of this prominent traditional ruler.”
“We are also imploring President Jonathan to use the JTF, SSS, and the Police to search the palace of this royal father and they will uncover shocking discoveries as nobody is above the law in this country. Members of the Boko-Haram and their sponsors should not dare us from the Niger Delta region; they are warned not to step on the lion’s tail. We are now ready to return fire for fire for the sake of President Jonathan and our beloved country.”