Unfulfilled Promises: Ex-Niger Delta Militants Vow Mayhem,  Disruption of  2019 Elections


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By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba

The leadership of the 2nd/3rdphases, undocumented ex-militants of Niger-Delta says its members would  disrupt and cause chaos during the 2019 general elections if the Federal Government fails to listen to their yearnings.

The group, under the aegis of the Niger Delta Undocumented Ex-militants, who spoke through its chairman, Gen. Collins Oshare, at a news conference in Asaba on Friday said that since they decided to settle out of the creeks and give their guns to the Federal Government to embrace amnesty, they have all been treated like second class citizens in their own mother land.

According to him, “the Federal Government has neglected us since we dropped our activities and gave up our guns to embrace the amnesty.

“Most of us feed from hand to mouth, we barely pay our rents and hardly take care of our children because we are not documented”, the chairman stated.

The chairman alleged that most of their colleagues have been documented and many were trained abroad while they, who are the major players in the creeks have been abandoned by the Federal Government.

“We have written to the Federal Government, yet our letters have not received any positive response from the various government agencies.

“We, as a group, are pained by these ungodly behaviour by the Federal Government, many of us, our family members are lying sick in the hospitals we don’t have enough money to care for our beloved ones, because government has failed to give us our entitlement as promised. I believed the Federal Government has deceived us. “There will be no more relative peace in the Niger Delta region, if our terms and conditions are not critically looked into before the 2019 general elections”, Gen. Oshare said.

He asserted that they will not rest until the Federal Government looks into their plight, saying that they are ready to support the present government if their names are being documented and they are given all their entitlements as enjoyed by others.

The chairman used the platform to appeal to the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to wade into the matter and assist in order for them to be documented and warned that this continuous neglect by the Federal Government could ignite their next move that will lead to renewed violence and returning back to the creeks.
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