By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HAR-COURT— MILITANTS in the Niger Delta, yesterday, insisted on a meeting with acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, if his recent fact finding visit to the region was to achieve its desired aim.
In a statement in Port Harcourt, the militants on the aegis of Niger Delta Watchdogs, Niger Delta Volunteers, Niger Delta Strike Force and Niger Delta Warriors, reiterated their threat to attack South African investments in the country at the end of the 30-day ultimate to them to vacate the country, declaring that the recent tour of the region by acting President Osinbajo was hijacked by the political class.
They claimed that they were shut out from various interactions the acting President had with stakeholders during the visit, stressing that it simply implied that the acting President had not been properly briefed on core issues at the root of militancy in the region.
According to them: “The visit of the acting President did not carry along the agitators in the arrangements. Those who matter most in this fact-finding mission are the armed and the unarmed youths who are in the forefront of the agitation. They are the ones that have the capacity to do harm to the economy of the nation and yet, the government, in collaboration with their political parties, is alienating and shielding these potent forces from the acting President.
“Let it be known to the acting President that his fact-finding visit can only be meaningful when he hears from the agitators or their representatives. We demand that the acting President should invite the representatives of agitating groups to give first-hand information to him, as this will bring the desired long lasting peace to the region.”