THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – A coalition of Niger Delta militant groups have called for the peaceful dissolution of the Nigerian states into five republics to be collectively known as the United Republics of Nigeria based on the principle of non-exodus and non-violence, report says.
The coalition known as the Reformed Egbesu Assembly (REF) demand that Nigerian states be dissolved into:
– Arewa Islamic Republic
– Biafra Republic
– Niger Delta Republic
– Oduduwa Republic
– Middle Belt Republic
This demand was made after the Convener of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, cautioned Niger Delta militants against the proposed declaration of the Republic of Niger Delta on October 1, 2017, due to an alleged apathy of the government to the peace process in the region.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), REF, Tony Alagbakereowei, said:
‘We reaffirm our collective resolve to actualise the Republic of the Niger Delta (RONDEL) which had been proclaimed in 1966 taking into cognisance the reality that there is nothing yet binding us as a people rather than the crude oil and gas in the Niger Delta.
‘We call on the British Prime Minister, President Donald Trump of the United States (US) and the United Nations (UN) to conduct a referendum for the peaceful dissolution of the Nigerian states into Arewa Islamic Republic, Biafra Republic, Oduduwa Republic, Republic of the Niger Delta (RONDEL) and the Republic of the Middle Belt to be collectively known and addressed as the United Republics of Nigeria based on the principles of non-exodus and non-violence.
‘We strongly restate our commitment and dedication to this model as it is the irreducible minimum acceptable political requirement for the ethnic nationalities of the Niger Delta to remain in the Nigerian state. We consider this as the best option to avoid the impending humanitarian crisis of a full-blown Nigeria civil war and armed revolution which will be foisted upon the African continent and the world at large.’
According to journalists, the militants are acting on the assumption that Niger Delta leaders are no longer promoting the interest of the region within the context of the current agitation of the people of the region.
Chief Edwin Clark told journalists that he is not comfortable with the latest position of REF and other militant groups within the region.