Niger Delta militants warn Buhari, reveal why they may bring oil production to zero barrel
5 Sep 2017
Militant group, Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, on Tuesday, warned that should the Federal Government fails to implement the various agreements reached with leaders of the region, it will bring down oil production to zero barrel per day.
In a statement by the spokesperson, W O I Izon-Ebi, NDRC, said the Federal Government should, “keep to its own side of the bargain by giving specific timeline of the implementation of the various agreements reached with the region.”
NDRC also warned that contracts for the surveillance of pipelines in the region cannot stop bombing, unless equity and the agreement Federal Government reached with PANDEF on the 3rd of August 2017 is implemented.
The militant warned that youths of Niger Delta were tired of watching over oil pipelines in the region, while the “proceeds of the oil are used to develop other regions.”
The statement reads, “We want to use this medium to warn the Federal Government that the existing peace and détente was predicated on the agreement between it and us. We demand that the federal government keeps to its own side of the bargain by giving us a specific timeline of the implementation of the various agreements.
“Also we want to tell the government and in particular the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Brigadier Gen Paul Boroh (retd), that the amnesty and pipeline surveillance contracts cannot stop the bombing of pipelines, but only justice, equity and the agreement reached with PANDEF on the 3rd of August 2017 can guarantee the safety of the pipelines and other oil infrastructures.
“The Niger Delta youths are tired of watching over pipelines, while the proceeds of the oil are used to develop other regions. We equivocally reject the pipeline surveillance and amnesty being proposed by Major Paul Boroh through the back door.
“We are urging all Niger Deltans to come out en mass to demand for peaceful coexistence, a stop to nepotism in appointments, justice, equity and demand for the immediate implementation of the agreement reached with PANDEF on the 3rd of August 2017.
“We equally use this opportunity to urge NDA to make a statement because their prolonged silence is seen as tacit support for the blacklegs and traitors in the region.
“Before the ceasefire, oil production was at its lowest of 800barrels per day, but for the quick intervention of PANDEF, it has risen to 2.2million barrels per day and this has helped to boost the revenue of the federal government toward getting us out of recession.
“If all these sacrifices and understanding of all agitators is being taken for cowardice, God forbid, the time would come for zero barrel of oil production until all agreements are rectified, starting from the 1958 Willinks Commission Report on the minority till date.”