Oil-rich Republic of Niger, a landlocked country just to the south of Algeria and Libya, continues to suffer daily beneath the burden of militants, mostly the Delta Militant Group.
Despite the efforts of long-time President Muhammadu Buhari to bring peace to this ravaged region, the Asawana Deadly Force, a branch of the Delta Militant group, now threatens to cripple this country and its oil industry.
This new branch demands that the Federal Government grant to it a new republic.
Commander Olomubini Kakarakokoro who calls himself “No Mercy”, threatens that the present federal government cede to his demands for a Niger Delta Republic or he will beginning bombing key areas such as the Bonga field flow station, the Asaba-Onistha Bridge and other major bridges across the country. This, he asserts, will only be the first phase of his group’s all-out assault on the government that continues under the leadership of President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Commander Kakarakokoro went on to state that his militant army now forms the most deadly, dangerous group. This organization, he warns, due to the expertise of its committed specialists in the fields of war is most to be dreaded
Poised, as the commander claims, to surmount all difficulties to win the struggle for a new Niger Delta State, he adds that the group’s dissatisfaction with the present government is not simply over a question of money. (The government has presently been paying a stipend to militant groups. In essence, this has been extortion money, money paid our to ensure a little peace). Commander Kakarakokoro demands instead what he refers to as the liberation and development of the entire Niger Delta Region.
According to Commander Kakarakokoro, this Nigerian militant group has already laid the groundwork and stands poised for a strike against the crude oil production industry as they, according to him, take over the struggle from “our brothers”, the Niger Delta Avengers.
Community leader and author, Sandys Omadeli Uvwoh, a long-time outspoken advocate for a peaceful and properly developed Niger Delta, claims that much of the under-development in this region, so rich in oil, is the direct fault of corrupt officials and community leaders. As in many countries over the centuries, there have always been those, he claims, who take advantage of confusion and corrupt officials to enrich themselves at the expense of the general populations. We, he asserts, as a people have failed ourselves.
Although President Buhari came into power as a military head of state back in 1983, a long term of office for any president, Sandys continues to have confidence in him, and believes the president remains committed to changing this rich country for the better.
Despite the militant groups and destruction of property and general disruption of life and services, many believe the the future for Niger remains bright if only the peoples can learn to live under a more peaceful atmosphere and get away from the chaos through which the country has suffered over past years.
With its natural resources, this country should be prosperous for all with good roads, bridges and services throughout. All parties concerned simply have to work together in an atmosphere of peace and amiability.
Dayo Omons is an online blogger and a freelance writer for Energymixreport. Energymixreport is one of the leading Nigeria news source with publications covering oil and gas industry for business, renewable energy, environmental and government news.
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