Niger Delta women threaten to go naked if Buhari fails...

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WOMEN from the Niger Delta region have threatened to go naked in protest in Port Harcourt should President Muhammadu Buhari fails to inaugurate a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, within seven days.
The women will also march naked round the corporate headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

The women including activists, opinion leaders and professionals across the nine states of the Niger Delta region, under the aegis of Wailing Women of Niger Delta, WWND, also said they will march naked around the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

In a statement, the women, who were accompanied by some members of Integrity Friends for Truth and Peace Initiative, regretted that the Niger Delta people have been taken for granted for a long time, adding, that lack of substantive board for NDDC had impoverished the region and caused them hardship.

The statement read Oney Nwadighi, president of WWND, in Port Harcourt on Monday, November 1, stated: ”The current running stalemate at the NDDC is due to the non-compliance with the Act establishing the commission and this is a grievous breach of trust.

“The commission has been subjected to sole administratorship for years now particularly at the behest of the current supervision without accountability. We see a clear class conspiracy to privatize the NDDC at the detriment of our people.

“Unfortunately our men and fathers have given up and gone to sleep while our region gropes in the dark of underdevelopment under the current watch.

“On this, we hold Senator Godswill Akpabio, the supervising Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs fully responsible for the grave degeneration and irregularities in the region and the NDDC.

“We demand that the Federal Government should within the next seven days constitute the substantive board of the NDDC including the Governors Advisory Coubcil of the Commission in keeping with the relevant provisions of the NDDC Act.

The women, dressed in black attires, called on the federal government to publish the forensic audit report of the commission.

The aggrieved women held that there were no more excuses to keep delaying the board’s inauguration other than undermining the core mandates of NDDC

Furthermore, they condemned a grand plot to sustain the ongoing sole administration of NDDC till the end of Buhari’s government.

Also, they asked the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio to account for all the billions of naira that accrued to NDDC during the two-year period of the current administration.

“Enough is enough. We will not take it. The Federal Government and Senator Godswill Akpabio can no longer take the Niger Delta for a ride. We shall come out naked and insist on our right as the burden bearers of the region. It shall no longer be business as usual. They should get ready to kill us all,” the statement added. (with reports from the GlobaVillageExtra)

NOV. 03, 2021 @ 17:40 GMT |

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