A militant group based in Bayelsa State, the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, on Wednesday declared a two-week ceasefire to allow the Federal Government engage in meaningful negotiation with militants on how to resolve the crises in the Niger Delta region.
In a statement signed by its spokesperson, WOI Izon-Ebi, the agitator warned that if after two weeks, “nothing meaningful happens; we have no option but to redirect our next phase of action to the exporting terminals to stop total export of our resources.”
NDRC, which recently claimed responsibility for pipeline attack on Brass Creek Manifold, situated in Peretorugbene, Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state said, “With clear evaluation of the happenings and advice of well meaning Nigerians and Niger Delta stakeholders, we hereby declare a two- week ceasefire for a sincere and proper dialogue.”
However the separatist group insisted that the Federal Government should negotiate with only royal fathers and distinguished personalities from the region.
The group said, “We want the Federal Government to consult distinguished personalities, royal fathers and chiefs of the Niger Delta communities. Government should disassociate itself from negotiating with political jobbers in Abuja, but come down to the Niger Delta communities.
“We hereby call on Mr. President to do the needful by being sincere to himself and Nigerians to engage in meaningful dialogue to ensure a lasting peace in the Niger Delta and Nigeria in particular.
“We have lived all our lives as victims and like fishes constantly immersed in pools of pollution, so it is no longer new to us, Come to talk about explosion and degradation it does not start today, it has been for the past fifty (50) years.”