The Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the people of Niger Delta, to freely control their resources.National president of the group, Austin Ozobo said after feeding the nation for years, the area should be allowed to have total control over their resources.
He had recently warned the Nigerian military against destroying local refinery.
He said, “If independence means freedom, then Niger Delta should be free from the age- long captivity, as Nigeria celebrates her independence.
“Nigeria cannot pretend to celebrate her independence but refuse to grant her captives freedom. It is satanic and hypocritical. We have lost confidence in the false contraption called Nigeria.
“Niger Deltans wants an indigenous freedom, we want to control our resources as it is practiced in developed nations. Nigeria was freed from captivity by her British colonial masters, Niger Delta has been colonized for over 56 years, Nigeria should be ready to free her, as she was colonized and freed from her colonial masters.
“Buhari should forget about oil in Niger Delta and look for alternative source of income to run his government. Niger Deltans have decided to control and manage their resources to develop themselves.
“We do not need Nigeria government to develop us any longer. Nigeria government has failed the region.
“After 56 years of independence and 58 years of oil exploration in the region, no successive government has developed the region.
“We have seen that it is only the people of Niger Delta that can develop themselves; so, we want our resources. Nigeria government should be in sober reflection of the sorrowful state of the country and should stop frivolous celebrations,” he said.