From leaders and elders of the oil Niger Delta region came a stern warning on the continued heating up of the polity by various people with inflammatory statements declaring that the future of Nigeria is under threat.
The leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, who spoke on behalf at the 3rd General Assembly of PANDEF stated that Nigerians are no longer sure of the direction of the country.
According to him various groups are committing treasonable felony acts and are getting away with it thereby breeding anarchy.
On the peace efforts in the Niger Delta region, Clark, though in commending President Mohammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for taking steps to dialogue, said time is running out as the people of the region want concrete action to implement the 16-point agenda presented by PANDEF.
His words “Today we are here again to appraise our activities thus far and to discuss the lingering issues in our dear country Nigeria, especially as no one is sure where Nigeria is going as a country, as we hear words that should not be spoken any anybody who believes that he or she is a member of a country which tenets of national unity and cohesion should be incomparably above sectional and personal interests. Let me place on record that PANDEF will continue to be grateful to President Mohammadu Buhari and the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo for his visit to the Niger Delta region on a fact finding mission. Let me however say categorically that the impression being given after this visit is not the true position of things”
“The relative peace experienced now is as a result of the efforts of PANDEF and our youths who listened to us and ceased fire, thus leading to increase in oil production which we are having today. Hence I issue a note of warning to the Federal and state Governments and to the oil companies that the patience on the part of the youths of the Niger Delta is running out. We will not like a situation where they will regard us as betrayers. Let the Federal Government immediately revisit our 16-point agenda”