Another militant group in the Niger-Delta region, known as the 21st Century Youths for Restructuring, has threatened to attack oil facilities in the creeks if the Federal Government did not stop the move to dock the Chief Justice of Nigerian, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, over alleged failure to declare his assets.
The self-styled 21st Century Youths, in a statement issued yesterday by its leader, “General” Izon Ebi, described the six-count charge the federal government preferred against Justice Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal bordering on false declaration of assets as another act of dictatorship.
Recall that a similar group, Watchdogs and Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, had vowed to shut down Nigeria if the Federal Government fails to withdraw its charges against the CJN Onnoghen.
Gen. Ebi declared: “Niger Delta people want restructuring and anything short of allowing our people to freely exercise their rights and choose leaders that will restructure Nigeria to meet modern and current reality will give us no choice but to stop the activities of oil exploration and exploitation in our land and ocean.
“The current harassment, intimidation, assassination attempt, forcible dismissal and retirement of distinguished personalities and leaders of the Niger Delta from the affairs of this country is no more acceptable.
“Our wealth will not be allowed to be used freely to run and sustain a system and a country that does not appreciate and respect the people whose wealth is used to sustain this country called Nigeria.
“The six-count charge the federal government preferred against Justice Onnoghen by the Code of Conduct Tribunal bordering on false declaration of assets is another act of dictatorship.
“This unfortunate action of the APC and President Buhari’s administration to intimidate the judiciary and undermine the rule of law and separation of power in our democracy is unacceptable in this 21st century.
“It is now clear to all Nigerians that this administration is completely out of tune with the reality and situation we find ourselves concerning the 2019 general election and the position of Niger Delta people whose lives and existence are being threatened by the activities of oil exploration and the insensitivity of the federal government.
“The 2019 general elections next month will determine a new Nigeria or break the false marriage held in the Nigerian state without the consent of Niger Delta people that gave birth to Nigeria in 1914.
“We applaud our distinguished Niger Delta leader, Pa E.K. Clark, governors of the South-South and the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, especially for their stance because it reflects and represents the current reality and happenings that are no more acceptable to Niger Delta people.
“Anything short of a free, fair, credible and acceptable election will give us no choice but to seek self-determination and destiny take over.
“The 21st Century Youths of Nigeria for Restructuring and the 21st Century Youths of the Niger Delta and Agitators with Conscience will not sit on the fence to watch the demonic and barbaric script of some few unpatriotic, tribal and selfish leaders that are out of tune with reality and civilization.
“We, therefore, call on all patriotic youths and fellow Nigerians to stand up and vote out the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in the general elections next month and restore their dignity and liberty as a people because the APC and President Buhari are synonymous with hardship.”