By Emma Amaize
WARRI- MILITANTS in the Niger Delta, yesterday, lambasted Second Republic lawmaker and Northern politician, Dr Junaid Mohammed, for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to treat them as terrorists, saying that they were agitators and not terrorists like Boko Haram insurgents.
Spokesperson of one of the militant groups, Niger Delta Sea Commandos, NDSC, self-styled Major Osama Blatter, also denied claims that politicians were funding Niger Delta militants.
The group said, “We commend Junaid for remembering that Boko Haram is a terrorist group, but we want to unequivocally tell the ethnic bigot that we are just agitators and not terrorists. Our activities and Boko Haram cannot be compared.
“We are not deterred by the call by Junaid Mohammed because such calls will only facilitate the crumbling of Nigeria, which is what we are after. Junaid should be informed that we never begged to be appeased by Hausa/Fulani President, Muhammadu Buhari. We are only fighting to leave Nigeria, which has enslaved and exploited us for too long. We are not sponsored by any politician, but it a civic duty required of us to liberate us people from slavery.”
Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Western zone, has called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, kick-start the 2015/2016 academic session of the Nigerian Maritime University, NMU, Okerenkoko in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State as a sign of its readiness to address the problems of the region. The council made the call in a communiqué by its Information Officer, Napoleon Kenerekedi, after a meeting in Warri.