SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, (THEWILL) – A pro-Jonathan group, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC), on Wednesday, threatened to cut oil supplies to the North if Northerners continue in the opposition to the 2015 ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Issuing the threat, the militant group accused the Sultan of Sokoto, Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III and some Northerner Governors of kicking against Jonathan’s reelection, saying this cannot stop the President in 2015.
“We will not hesitate to cut oil supply to the North should leaders from the region continue to oppose the re-election of President Jonathan in 2015″, the group declared in a statement obtained by THEWILL.
The statement which was signed by the group’s President, Mr Nelly Emma, (Secretary), John Sailor and Stanley Mukoro, (Public Relation Officer), implored the North to forget the Presidency till 2027.
“We want the Sultan of Sokoto to know that we are aware of his game plans with some Governors from the North to frustrate the re-election of President Jonathan in 2015.
“We want the Sultan of Sokoto and his co-travellers to take this as a warning that we will resist any attempt by them to stop the President in 2015.
“We are not begging the Sultan of Sokoto, Northern Governors and other leaders from the region to allow the President contest in 2015, the issue of the re-election bid of President Jonathan in 2015 is sealed, signed and delivered. “Nobody can stop the moving train of the re-election of the President. The plan by the North to use Boko Haram to frustrate President Jonathan has failed hence, the enemies of the President are now using the Governors of the North to destabilise the administration of the President and they will equally fail in this their mission.
“We are aware of the desperation of the North to take over power in 2015, but they have to wait till 2027.
After the tenure of President Jonathan in 2019, power will shift to the East till 2027 and so the North should perish their Presidential ambition till 2027, we are serious about this and that is the way it must be.
“And we want to tell our brother, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State to be reasonable and support President Jonathan, rather than allowing himself to be used by those from the North to stop the President in 2015,” the group stated.
The group also warned those attacking the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke to desist, saying the minister is doing a great job for the country. “We are not going to spare those rooting for the sack of the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke. They are warned to halt their action against the patriotic Petroleum Minister.
“The Petroleum Minister is doing a great job for our country and she should be encouraged to do more. But we want to sound a note of warning here that those doing everything to frustrate the Minister to desist from such act.
“The Minister is good and the President will continue to retain her even till 2019. The President has been able to carry all parts of the country along.
“In the past, when those from the North were in-charge, the Petroleum Minister and the Group Managing Director of the NNPC came from the North; but the President who is very transparent has changed all that.
“If we are pushed too far, we will cut oil supply to the North and ensure that the positions of Petroleum Minister and GMD of NNPC are retained by people from the South-South region because for too long, we have tolerated the insensitive of the North to the plight of the people from the oil-rich Niger Delta region and we are saying enough is enough.
“The Petroleum Minister as a good daughter of the Niger Delta region is spending the resources from the oil-rich region prudently in the oil and gas sector, unlike General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) and others from the North who are controlling oil blocs of the Niger Delta region and do not know what to do with the money at a time when the people from the region are living in abject poverty,” the group said. . It also warned multinational oil companies who are undermining the Federal Government Local Content Policy by patronising foreign firms to the detriment of local firms who had build up capacity to handle such jobs in the region.
The group stated further:”We are not happy with the treatment our people are getting from the oil majors such as Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and Total Nigeria.
“We are warning these oil companies who are not employing people from the Niger Delta Region and at the same time not patronising local contractors to wake up now and do the right thing as we will not hesitate to come to them soon in full force.
“Therefore, they should promote Niger Delta people who are working but have not been promoted for over six years. They should equally dole out contracts to our local contractors.”