NDLF CALLS ON JONATHAN TO CONVENE SNC
The Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to convene a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) and salvage the future of the country.
The spokesman of NDLF, Mark Anthony, in a statement said the demand for the SNC was urgent to allow 'Nigeria address her future and possibly give birth to our many years dream, Niger Delta Republic as a solution to the country's problems without bloodshed.'
Recalling that the country has shed lots of blood in a bid to preserve its unity, NDLF pointed out that Nigeria's numerous problems were political and the SNC was a clear political means by which all ethnic nationalities could resolve the nation's problems.
While congratulating the people of Southern Sudan for their independence through doggedness and determination, it paid tributes to former warlord, Emeka Ojukwu, late Major Isaac Adaka Boro and late Ken Saro Wiwa 'for their courage and patriotism' in fighting for a new Nigeria.
According to NDLF, the threat of Boko Haram had confirmed the fears of the United States' prediction of the disintegration of Nigeria in 2015.
It urged the Boko Haram sect to join it in the demand for the SNC to deliberate the future of Nigeria for the well being of every Nigerian.
NDLF called on Jonathan and the National Assembly not to foot drag on the call for the SNC because it was paramount to the future of Nigeria and would determine the fate of the ethnic nationalities.
Meanwhile, the former president of the Ijaw National Congress (IYC), Dr. Chris Ekiyor has condemned in strong terms, the continued killings and maiming in some parts of northern Nigeria.
He expressed displeasure that some people were already trying to justify the violence being perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect by calling on the Federal Government to grant them amnesty.
Ekiyor, who frowned at those comparing the agitation in the Niger Delta with the current violence in the North, insisted that those behind the Boko Haram were planning to destabilize the country.
'The bottom line is that there is a political undertone and the sponsors are working to chase President Goodluck out of office by creating a national security challenge that can justify a military coup. Well, I'd like to warn at this junction that any group of person thinking in that light should rather be prepared for a South Sudan equation , as Ijaws and indeed the. Niger Delta would be ready to defend the Goodluck mandate, even if we have to return to the creeks,' he said.
Ekiyor implored the Presidency to engage stakeholders on peace talks rather the use of force as military force could not attain the necessary peace.