COMMUNIQUE RELEASED AFTER THE NIGER DELTA CONGRESS EXTRAORDINARY STAKEHOLDERS MEETING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL ETHNIC NATIONALITIES OF THE NIGER DELTA, IN PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE, ON SATURDAY 15TH MAY, 2021
Representatives of the ethnic nationalities of the Niger Delta at an extraordinary meeting held in Port Harcourt today, 15th May 2021, deliberated on existential issues affecting the Niger Delta peoples and the Nigerian federation in general. The issues discussed at the meeting included the creeping secessionist attacks, terror attacks, and heightened insecurity in the Niger Delta. Also discussed were the decade’s long struggle of the people for economic and political autonomy, the unity of the Niger Delta, and other sundry issues.
After the meeting, the following was resolved:
1. That the Niger Delta Congress (NDC) be adopted as a vehicle to drive the unification of the economic and political agitations of the Niger Delta peoples going forward.
2. That the governors of the six states of the Niger Delta (Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Cross River) should as a matter of urgency setup a regional security and intelligence outfit to protect the lives and properties of the people of the Niger Delta region;
3. That the Niger Delta Congress shall convene a Niger Delta Peoples Conference to be held in October 2021 to address several issues affecting the people of the region, and where major decisions on the future of the region within or without the Nigerian federation will be taken.
4. That the Niger Delta region is an autonomous region comprising of Indigenous nationalities, and hence all actions by secessionist groups to annex the region shall and will be resisted.
5. That all stakeholders should actively take part in the ongoing review of the 1999 Nigerian constitution. However, the Niger Delta Congress proposes a complete overhaul of the 1999 constitution as amended to reflect the wishes, yearnings, and aspirations of the people.
Signed on behalf of all ethnic representatives:Prof. Ebiegberi Joe Alagoa – BayelsaProf. Olu Andah Wai-Ogosu – RiversEngr. Ben Edenseting – Akwa IbomComr. Kingsley Ohens – EdoComr. Enujeke Ndidi Enujeke – DeltaComr. Keme Opia – BayelsaComr. Weyinmi Agbateyinniro – DeltaComr. Elvis Enyam – Cross RiverComr. Anthony Idoko – Cross RiverNubari Saatah – Niger Delta Congress (NDC)