Niger Delta militants have described governors in the region, particularly those in the South-east, as cowards, for keeping mute, in the face of repeated provocation by Fulani herdsmen.
Also, they have threatened to bomb more flow stations in the region. The militants, under the aegis of Concerned Militant Leaders (CMLs), yesterday, lambasted state governors in the region, for cowardly allowing the Federal Government’s indirect war against their domains without any resistance.
Spokesperson of the group, who preferred to be addressed as General Ben, said that their men were embittered that governors of the affected states could not rise up in outright condemnation of the havoc Fulani herdsmen had done in their respective states.
The group expressed sadness on the recent killing in Aba, Abia State, allegedly by soldiers, stressing that it was too challenging.
General Ben recalled: “The Fulani cattle rearers recently killed our people in Ukpabi Nimbo, in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State. Also, before then, they had killed our Igbo brethren in Irete, Imo State; they had also murdered our people in Delta State and many other places. Last Thursday, soldiers killed two innocent
persons in Aba, Abia State. In all these unwarranted killings, the governors could not tell the Federal Government that ‘enough is enough’. It is shameful that we do not have governors who are bold. They cannot even condemn the proposed National Grazing Reserve Bill. This is unacceptable.
The bill should be for the North and not the Niger Delta region. This is another Boko Haram in disguise. It cannot happen.
“We are telling them (Niger Delta governors) that we will give maximum support to any group that comes out to fight oppression in whatever disguise against our people. It is an abomination for a stranger or visitor to kill the owner of the house. We cannot allow it to go scot-free,” the militants vowed.
Speaking further, the militants, who said they were not part of the amnesty programme of Federal Government, reiterated their stance on the ultimatum given.