The Movement For The Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta, MOSIEND, an Ijaw Rights advocates group drawn from the nine states of the Niger Delta region, has written a warning letter to the Governors from the region and the Federal Government on Sunday.
In the letter, the Ijaw group asked the government to renegotiate the agreement it reached with the region on the exploration of the oil and gas in the region peacefully.
According to MOSIEND, “There is rising anger in the region over reported issues of the free and direct rights to sell and mine Gold to the Central Bank of Nigeria by Zamfara State, and the people of the region have also called on the Niger Delta Governors to start negotiating directly with the oil and gas producing companies to pay all royalties to their various states and communities of operations or leave the Niger Delta region.
In a statement, the group issued through its National Secretary, Amb. Winston Cotterel Amain said the Federal Government, State Governors, and National Assembly members should be aware that the oil-producing communities have seen the country’s challenges and warned the companies producing the oil to leave the region their safety is not guaranteed any longer.
Parts of the statement reads, “The people in the South-South region and Niger Delta, as a whole, have been called fools for too long by the Nigeria Government. We urge all Niger Delta Governors to start negotiating with oil and gas producing companies to pay all royalties to their various states and communities of operations or leave the Niger Delta region, for safety cannot be guaranteed anymore”.
“We can recall that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, is demanding to buy gold in Zamfara State of five billion Naira, as such MOSIEND wondered why the gold in Zamfara State belongs to Zamfara state and the oil and gas belong to the federal government.”
The group also called on all the leaders from the region to meet and develop a strong policy statement that will address the imbalance in the nation being meted against the Niger Delta people.