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Niger Delta: Is Their Solution In Sight?

[b]Accusation and counter claim by all stakeholders involved in this preventable crisis has proven that the region's military onslaught is not just premature but a cosmetic measure to heal a wound that has defile all known orthodox medicine.

All the ethnic groupings in that part of the country believe they are not having fair share of the national cake baked in their domain. To add insult to their injury, the FG is making [i]the nest inhabitable for the sea foul (Niger Deltans) that laid the eggs consumed by all[/i]. Right or wrong, it is evidently clear in the level of infrastructural development of that region.

Series of summits were organised by local and international institutions, govts, NGOs on how to ameliorate the situation rather from it be alleviated, it is being aggravated on daily basis, all these effort till date has not yielded desired result

Presently, the federal troops {JTF} acting in consonance with the Nigeria Govt genocide mission has denied both local and international medias access into the affected areas. This singular act buttress the fact that heavy artillery were deployed in those defenseless communities. The military denied carrying out air, sea and land bombardment which the NYSC corps member confirmed its usage.

Is wiping out the entire community the way forward to the Niger Delta situation? Why cant we use the ALASKA MODEL to address this case rather than the military action? [i][/i], can we afford such? If govt address the critical issues will criminality continue in those zones? Now that our oil export has been affected badly, is there solution in sight so that Nigeria could achieve her much taunted vision 2020? [/b]

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it is not news that the north will support a divided naija than one Nigeria as always chorused by the SENIOR ALMAJIRIS we have here in the north

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i read with amusement the comments of some of us on this thread.

How do you expect an organization that has been declared by the state a faceless group or enemy to engage in development work of their region?

Which company will be ready to accept such contract from the militant that the federal agent will not charge for felony or conniving with enemies to paint the govt black?

Is the govt not black in the sight of nigerians already?

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that's why some MEND guys are blowing up the pipelines; at least they will not say the guys cut the pipeline to siphon and sell the product. They blow it up and the oil guy have to shut it in and leave it there till a more opportune time.

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Excellent points. When the oil finishes, their intention is for the area to be a waste land. We can not allow this scorched earth policy to continue.

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@Stanorah

I agree with you that things aren't going well there but let me ask you something.Some great names have taken up the fight for the niger delta in the past through peaceful and diplomatic means.What became of them?You're from the Delta right?So you must know about what happened to Ken Saro Wiwa.These boys decided to take up arms because they realised that the government isn't willing to do anything to help them even in the next 200 years.That's the truth.

Now, concerning the governors and other leaders of the niger delta?They are no better than the tyrants ruling nigeria and they wouldn't be there if they weren't loyal to the ruling class and if you ask me, i think part of their motto is to ensure that poverty reigns in the region.I mean think about it, they are willing to spend billions settling the militants whereas if they use that money to develop the region, EVEN THE PEOPLE OF THE AREA WILL DRIVE OUT THE MILITANTS THEMSELVES coz their lives are being improved and they want the good life.

Let me tell you something,even if the ND boys surrender themselves and the leaders of the area want diplomacy, all they will get from government is talk,talk,talk and if the talk becomes to much, it will turn to threats,threats,threats and sending of soldiers to "let them know who is boss".

Nigeria is not going anywhere, at least not in the next 20-50 years (Until the oil in the region finishes and they start mining in the west, there is oil there you know, why havent they tapped into that yet?Ask yourself).Then you will start hearing all sorts of big english.

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We all have to believe whether we like it or not that the Niger Delta issue is a national issue. First and for most i will like to let you know that i am from Delta state, not just from Delta state, but from the area this golden egg is laid. So you can see no sentiments.But i want to ask, is we taking arms is really what is going to solve our problem? I will be honest with you, the little development that will come to this area has been waived by tha activities of this militants. To the best of my knowledge, this militants are not doing what they are doing because they have the masses at heart, NO, they are doing that because of their own selfish interest. Militancy has become a very big business in Nigeria, imagine the formal NNPC GMD said he spent billions of Naira settling militants, If it is true, what did the militants do with the money? did they build school or road or hopital for the masses. My guy, let us tell ourselves the truth militancy is not the solution to Niger Delta problem.

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Hmm, tough topic.

I'm not inclined to violence but if 50% of nigeria should take up the cause and be militant like the ND boys, nigeria will be like France in the next 10 years (i'm not talking about the kidnapping for ransom part but taking action in ways other than dialogue).

Why do i say this?The nigerian slave masters have let us understand that they don't give a hoot about anyone either here or abroad except their own pockets.Several years back, a man called Ken Saro Wiwa took up the cause of the niger delta in a diplomatic manner.What became of him?He was hung to death.The ND boys fully understand the mentality of our so called leaders and the only thing they understand is force and that is exactly what they are applying.

It's easy for some people here to condemn the ND boys but please ask yourselves this question.If the oil producing region was the north, do you think nigeria would still exist as it is?I mean imagine if there was no oil in the south, and the northerns were the ruling class and their people wanted to keep their oil, do you think they would send soldiers to kill their own?

Abeg, make una open una sense.This is the greatest injustice.

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Is there solution in sight,not is their

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becomerich, pls dont trivialize this discussion onb the yoruba\hausa\igbo debate. pls pardon me, but the truth is the issue is very sensitive than what we are seeing now

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It is high time Naija Federal Troops stopped that insensitive action and declare a ceasefire because these boys knows the creeks terrain better than JTF. MEND might laugh last and make nonsense of Nigeria defence superiority claim in the African continent. Let us learn from d war in Afghanistan and Iraq. US is not winning the war rather their economy was battered by it. presently, our oil export has been affected by 50%.

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the price of oil is $60 per barrel, if there is peace. we can produce 2,500,000 barrel

While the north and igbos would have 1,750,000 barrel a day.

If we find out how much we make with the 70% per year. the calculation is.

60 x 1,750,000 x 365 days = 38,325,000,000 == $ 38 billion a year.

let the north and igbos have the 70% of the oil.

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The solution may be difficult to here for some people. But i say it again. Let the north have the 70% oil with the igbos. It is easy. Look it is better to be alive than death.

If you look at the map. According to Nigeria ministry of finace. 70% is on the coast with river, akwa ibom, imo, abia state. Ijaw who are in MEND live in mostly bayelsa state. Let remove the Yoruba, edo, delta and bayelsa into Benin republic.

If we move the ijaw into benin republic most of the 70% would go to the north and igbos.

If we do that 70% of the oil would be free from attack. And we would not have problem .

Look even with the 30% if well manage. we would do very very well. At the moment. they are not give getting 30% and 30% is better than the close to zero % you are getting.

It is not worst killing people over nothing. Go and sit down and do the calculation the north most of the oil now. Why get killed over zero% ,

let take the 30% and let the north and igbos have the 70% of the oil.

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The solution may be difficult to listen for some people. But i say it again. Let the north have the 70% oil with the igbos. It is easy. Look it is better to be alive than death.

If you look at the map. According to Nigeria ministry of finace. 70% is on the coast with river, akwa ibom, imo, abia state. Ijaw who are in MEND live in mostly bayelsa state. Let remove the Yoruba, edo, delta and bayelsa into Benin republic.

If we move the ijaw into benin republic most of the 70% would go to the north and igbos.

If we do that 70% of the oil would be free from attack. And we would not have problem .

Look even with the 30% if well manage. we would do very very well. At the moment. they are not give getting 30% and 30% is better than the close to zero % you are getting.

It is not worst killing people over nothing. Go and sit down and do the calculation the north most of the oil now. Why get killed over zero% ,

let take the 30% and let the north and igbos have the 70% of the oil.

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we are asking nobody to supply the right answers.

Let use the so called politician that hijacked the struggle and later deal decisively with them at a later date after we might ve achieved our aim of better naija.

don't u know that IKAN KAN LA N YOSE LEKU meaning one step after the other

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The 'boys' are not fighting for anything but their pockets thats my view. Go and check out the mansions these 'boys' have built in PH all in the name of fighting for rights. My point is, the same boys u are talking about are mere fronts for these thieves in govt. The truth will soon begin to pour in.

Why do we have to wait till there's 100% derivation before we ask questions? Why are we not asking questions now?

Its the samething that used to happen back in the days of the military and we demonstrate. After startung the demonstrations and there's little opposition, we retreat and allow area boys take over. At the end of the day, they raid shops and loot markets owned by our parents and siblings. If we had kept on and refused to retreat in the face of opposition, we would have been able to achieve better results.

MEND may have started with the right intentions, but right now, they have been hijaaked by politicians, the same ones that we are fighting against. Like I said, the truth will soon be revealed.

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nigeria politicians are shameless rogue

the only means to stone them is what the boys are doing and ridiculing them, we still ve half revenue, let us wait till 0.00 then, they will ve nothing to still and come to terms with that region.

on what has been giving to them, their leaders will be dealt with appropriately. let federal govt play her own part and leave the rest to the locals if heads will not roll.

some of their so- called leaders will be begged to lead and they will reject immediately

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Military will not declare cease fire until they have had their fill and that is when they know that the militants have been pushed as far back as possible. If the military retreats now, it will be worse for the nation as the militants will strike back as may be even worse than before.

I don't understand why people keep crying over resource control. The truth is, what have the former governors done with the money they received in the past? Any increase will have no effect on the people, it will only make governors and ministers and the likes richer! Where do u think the militants are getting such sophisticated weapons from? How else do you think they were smuggled into the country? Where did they get their resources from? Abeg, the solution is not in resource control. The solution like Ive always said is for Nigerians, the ones who are really suffering this mess, the ones who have to drink contaminated water, the ones who feel the heat from gas flaring, let them face the governors, stone them whenever they c them like Yaradua was stoned in one of the northern states. We shouldn't let some miscreants who call themselves militants fight on our behalf, no, If them politicians feel that they can make Nigeria unlivable for us, they they shoudn't be able to live in the country or anywhere else either! ''pikin wey say him mama no go sleep, him sef no go see sleep''

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The following will go a long way to settle the debacle

1. Oil companies in the Niger Delta states should publish audits of their revenues.

2. Oil companies must establish a Community Investment Fund and earmark a percentage of gross revenues directly to local community organizations working in the fields of health, education, micro-credit, and infrastructure development.

3. Oil companies to clean up oil spills, eliminate gas flares, and provide special compensation to communities devastated by environmental degradation.

4. Let oil companies train and hire residents from affected populations in the Delta region.

5. Let Nigeria government go back to the 1962 constitutional provision on derivation.

6. De-emphasize reliance on oil and develop other source of revenue by so doing no region will be seen not to be contributing meaningfully to the nations purse

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the real Nigerians will never want such to surface because if it does, it infringe on their fundamental right. i know u will ask me how do i mean? the northern oligarchy believe they ve worked extremely hard to sustain the unity of Nigeria and some cowards that are fortunate to have the natural resource is now claiming the right to resource control or true federalism

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There are only three solutions 2 dis prblm:d militants surrender their arms, d govt grants their demand and withdraws the jtf 4rm d region, or the jtf flushes out the militants. The first two solutions are practically impossible,going by the situation on ground,and the third solution'll take a long time to achive cos' those guys'll give the jtf a stiff resistance, which'll likely collapse with casualties on bothsides and civilians.

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political solution has many sided, it all depend on what u term political way forward.

the ultimate way forward out of this problem is for us all to be honest enough about this and curb it because ATI KEKERE LATI N PA EKA IROKO TO BA DAGBA TAN ORISA NI NDA meaning it is better we stop this menace before it share our dear country to her foundation

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"Ironically, Niweigha is the elder brother of Duoye, Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to Governor Timipre Sylva, who was at a time orderly to former Minister of Energy, Dr Edmund Daukoru, who is now the paramount ruler of Nembe Kingdom.

THISDAY also gathered that the Executive Assistant to the governor (name withheld) is the immediate junior sister to Henry Okah, the militant leader standing trial for alleged gun running. The Executive Assistant is also the Personal Secretary to the governor and she wields enormous influence in government

Udeka gave the names of the three other arrested militants as Etete Diepreye, Lucky Ogun and Kurotimi Gabriel.

When interviewed by reporters, Niweigha admitted that the berretta pistol was found on him, explaining that he armed himself with it because he was the Odi Local Government Area Coordinator of the Bayelsa Volunteer. "

From today's Thisday newspaper

This tells me the Government and the millitants are one and the same.

The only solution to the crisis is political.

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Man will always dominate man to his own injury. (Ecclesiastes 8: 9). It does not belong to man who is walking to direct his step, not to talk of those of others. (Jeremiah 10: 23)

So long as you and I see what is happening as a Niger Delta headache, there is no end on sight. But the moment we all see it as a national problem, then there might be a beginning of the end of the problem.

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Democracy is the government that rules for the people, by the people and because of the people. Not for the Northerners by the Northerners and because of the Northerners.

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Yes, the end is in sight.

The ultimate solution is resource control. The interim solution is massive capital investment and job creation i.e. build a city on the scale of Abuja in the Niger Delta.

Diversify the economy, why can't we mine other resources like Limestone, tin ore, gold, granite in the North or other parts of the country? This neglect of other resources is criminal.

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bet it, at the long run everyone watching the "cinema" will realise that would ve cautioned the BLOOD TASTY JTH than saying "carry on, u are the best army in the world, militants are common criminals"

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Niger Delta: Is Their Solution In Sight?

I have a little problem with this quetion. It is a Nigerian problem, not a ND problem. What is going on is affecting Nigeria as a nation, the economy is gradually collapsing due to the falling oil production. The moment we start seeing this as a collective problem, then, and only then can we begin to find the solution.

Niger Delta: Is the solution in sight?

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Trauma in Niger Delta (Part One)

Trauma in Niger Delta (Part Two)

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Yes, i quite agree that it is now that we should address this issue but where am not comfortable is the mode of operation of the "do something" It is not until u use military action before we can get to Eldorado

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Pls nobody should mention Ojukwu's name here. He has fought his own fight when he did. The pple agitating now are on their own.

Too bad, the ND pple woke up too late.

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Bros na 2 set of criminals dey fight. Criminals in the creeks(militants) VS criminals in government (FG).

The FG has to destroy the premise of the militants' argument which is the undervdevelopment of the region before any other measure can work.

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if it takes nigerian govt military power with helicopters and ship to battle the militants, i am afraid in the next decade they would be unable to control thier excesses.i think this is the best time the FG can do something serious about criminals disguising as freedom fighters. if not, i fear for another civil war only this time the 'ojukwu's are now well armed and trained militants

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Gbam!!!

You hit the nail on the head. If the FG want a change in this impasse, they must change the balance of these relationships.

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In a fight , it is only sensible to know the goal of your enemy.

JTF says it wants to flush out the militants

While the militants say their goal is to cripple oil exploration (not necessarily by defeating JTF).

Since 2006 mend and other militants have subtly reduced our daily quota by about 1 million barrels daily and the Govt seem not to have an answer for this. Only yesterday another casualty was recorded to the tune of 100,000 barrels.

While no one doubts the prowess of the military to run down mend in open combat, I must quickly add that they have proven that they lack the intelligence to handle this kind of guerilla combat.

The government must understand that the soldiers may run down communities, but should note also hat the oil exploration that translate into govt revenue is carried out by professionals(engineers) that will not comfortably work in any war-raged community. In the end there is a drop in the daily qouta.

Negotiation with the militants would be difficult as it might send the wrong signals , but the soldiers should tactically retreat and map out a more intelligent strategy.

The new military strategy should incorporate a robust political arrangement. The problem in the ND is that the people do not like the miilitants, however they hate the government more. Government must prove to the people that it is commited to the development of the region. Then the militants will have two enemies to contend with , because the average man in the region will easily align with government.

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now we know independence in nigeria is a ruse. we are under siege. all oppressed ethnic groups need to come 2geder to figth the oppressive hausa nigeria govt.

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Whatever - I have told you right here, warn them if you know them - dont let them take it to the mainland, they will be sorry.

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First they came for the Jews

and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the communists

and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists

and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me -

and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

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Whether the solution is in sight or out of it, i hope the issue ges resolved ASAP!

We need to move on

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When they take the fight to mainland Nigeria, you think everyone will watch? The women of Ekiti alone is enough to make the heads of the so called militants calabashes for drinking palmwine, better tell them not to take any fight to any mainland Nigeria, beause they will become meat for other people's dogs, they are threat to the area they operate from, they are no threat to every other places, they should be warned, what the fu ck, main land Nigeria is not as foolish as the militants are.

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it took a few terrorist/ insurgents in IRA to nearly run britain dry in the 80s/ and 90s.  i wonder how you thinhk the NPF is going to work when these boys take this fight to main land nigeria.

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these same people stood by when MEND or whatever they are causes trouble and kidnap people at will, so, now there is a retaliation, these same people now cry foul, very sad.

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the move of the govt to halt oil export is a direct activities or effect of the crisis. govt is only hiding behind local refining the oil before export. we all know the act of war; u must not confess that the action of your enemy has hit you hard. these boys are not Nigerian enemies but the system has made them or painted the one.

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I'm all for shooting and explosions, its about time!

Niger Delta: Is Their solution in sight?, More like their destruction

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The solution will be in sight as soon as an independent body is set up to control d activities of the NDDC. This body may be sourced from within the country or without. Yes.

In addition, the militants shd be granted amnesty shd they turn around. This is in place already by Mr. President. Good.

The militants themselves should state what they want exactly: is it infrastructure and jobs, or is it raw cash to buy jeeps to be speeding on the few scanty roads and bridges?

When these problems are faced head-on, their end will be quite near indeed.

I am not in support of genocide, but we in Nigeria are so backward in economic development that the last thing we need is criminals, disguised as freedom fighters, to compound the problem of inherently evil and corrupt poiticians. JTF shd flush such out.

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[b]Who are those that will first declare cease fire if not the govt, govt has to do this so that boys will have confidence in such pact. After the cease fire is dialogue. Mind u, the militants cant come openly to discuss so as to avoid the situation or risk of being arrested. But they will choose people of repute within and out side the shore of Nigeria that believe in their course to drive home their demands. With this we are making some positive steps.[/b]

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i think both sides have to compromise. but that seems impossible. but if the military can gear up and crush these MEND people.

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looking at the historical records on how the past and present governement have handled conflict management or resoution . I must say i will not be holding my breath on this issue it is clearly confirms this ND matter is going to be arround for while until we have a credible government.

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The situation in the Niger Delta region really calls for caution. The fact is the JTF is after the militants, but the consequence is that innocent Nigerians are displaced in their fatherland. Both young and old fleeing for safety. For how long shall we continue like this. The military will not lay down its arms, cos that will signify conceding to defeat owing to the number of their men taken out by the militants. One question comes to mind, where are the militants getting their supply of ammunition's from? Enough to sustain them for how many days going? our boarders are really porous. How many of such amour are in different regions of the country?

Its one thing to blow up an oil installation. Crude oil is being siphoned. Do we ask ourselves how such resources are exported out of the country, where they are taken to and what is been done with it. If these can be answered, then it will go a long way to show that it is not only the militants in the creeks that are responsible for these actions but a cartel that needs to be exposed.

The resultant effect is not only on the government but the entire country. When crude stops flowing, so many things will go aground. The little developments on-going will rather cease.

So much needs to be done to address the situation on ground. The militants should be advised to embrace the amnesty granted by the government, there should be a cease fire and government should also ensure a holistic approach to developing the Niger Delta region. Their lands are ruined. Their waters contaminated. Whether we like it or not, we are in one country. The pain of one should be the pain of the other and that is the only way we can progress as a nation. It is not the duty of the Oil companies to develop these areas. What then will be the duty of the government. The company will pay their taxes and royalties, and in-turn develop the areas!!! I find it hard im trying to find answers as to what the government will then be doing with what they collect.

Please whoever is in the position to end this exchange of fire, do something before it degenerates into something else.

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