Monday, 7 November 2016

Agitators Are Free To Leave Nigeria, Buhari Shocks Niger Delta Militants [Details]

Updated 7 October, 2016
A recent comment by President Muhammadu Buhari has not gone down well with an ex-government official. 

Former minister turned activist, Annkio Briggs says the comments are offensive and unwarranted. 

The president had said “anyone who has another country is free to leave” A former Minister for Environment, Annkio Briggs have faulted the recent comments by President Muhammadu Buhari saying that “anyone who has another country is free to leave”.

Gisthall quoted the renowned Niger Delta activist as saying the comments of the president are offensive and unwarranted.

Speaking during a meeting with the Pan-Niger Delta Forum at Abuja, Annkio Briggs said: “It is a pity, sad and offensive for Mr President to make such statement as at no point during the meeting did the group raise such issue of anyone leaving Nigeria. 

“The comment shows very clear the level of insensitivity and mindset of the government towards the people of the Niger Delta. “The government should know that we had Ijaw land just as other ethnicities like Itsekiri, Urhobo and others have their lands before the existence of the Nigeria state.” 

Speaking further, Annkio Briggs said: “When the Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha told his fellow delegates during the 2014 National Conference under President Goodluck Jonathan that him and his people are prepared to secede from Nigeria to Cameroon if the country disintegrates, President Jonathan did not make counter remarks against them. 

“So how can anyone tell us to leave? We existed before Nigeria hence they should know that I have Ijaw land to go to if I choose to.”

Meanwhile, President Buhari has expressed hope that Nigeria will achieve greatness in spite of its current challenges. The president made the comment in Sokoto state on Saturday, October 5 while inaugurating the Kalambaina 500 housing estate built by the state government at the cost N4.8 billion. 


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