Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Re: Nigerian Militant Speaks Out on Oil

Mr. Steve Mufson,

I have already posted the following commentary in my response to your article on Nigerian Militant Speaks Out on Oil.

The critical issues I have raised should be addressed in your reaction to the e-mails from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).

I am right here in the Niger Delta and my families stretch from Opobo to Buguma to Ikot Amba to Abia. I am on locations in Bonny and Port Harcourt. So, I can tell the truth from my eye-witness accounts.

I have addressed the Niger Delta crisis on the BBC and on the Nigerian Times International Forum and Nigerian Times blog.
I support the just cause of MEND, but what has the leaders of MEND done with the millions of dollars they have made from illegal oil bunkering and ransoms from the foreign oil workers they kidnapped and released?

Most of the leaders of these so called militant groups are partners in crime with the oligarchy of the ruling class actively engaged in illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta since the early 1980s to date.

Top Nigerian politicians, retired and still serving military officers and top Nigerian business men and women are all stakeholders and shareholders in the illegal bunkering, illegal allocations of oil blocks and misappropriation of oil revenues. They are all gangsters in the oil mafia.

These criminals are not invisible, we all know them and the so-called militants know them. They do not need to blow up pipelines and kidnap foreign oil workers, because the multinational oil companies are not responsible for the deprivations of the host communities of the multinational oil companies operating the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
One of the so-called militant leaders bought a leather-padded Navigator Jeep and moved into a luxury mansion in Port Harcourt.

All the millions of dollars he has made from fishing in the troubled waters of the Niger Delta have been used for his selfish status symbols and he has not even spent any money to provide any social amenity for the deprived communities he claims to be fighting for on the CNN.Hypocrites are worse than sinners.

These so-called militants are not fighting for the suffering and dying poor masses in the Niger Delta, they are only using them as the lame duck excuses for their criminal activities and power tussles over the black gold in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

We know them all and they are not more than 300 and they can all be arrested and prosecuted like the U.S. has been doing in the war against the drug lords in the Americas.
If the U.S. Government wants to secure the oil supplies from the Gulf of Guinea, then the U.S. Government must deal with the criminal oil cartel in the Niger Delta as it is dealing with the criminal drug cartel in the Americas.

Let us stop playing the politics of capitalism with the human and mineral resources in the Niger Delta and get rid of the lunatic fringe elements plundering the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

They are in the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria, the generals in the Nigerian Army, the captains to the admirals in the Nigerian Navy and the directors of the major banks in Nigeria. They are the major shareholders of the three star and five star hotels in Port Harcourt, Warri, Calabar, Lagos, Kaduna and Abuja.

For details, see Niger Delta Kidnappers Plc - Nairaland.:

They should all the invited and the list of their implications to indict them should be shown and their prosecution should commence according to the rule of law without compromise or waivers.

MEND knows them all.The members of MEND cannot deny what I have stated.

With regards,
Orikinla Osinachi
The Publisher/Editor
Nigerian Times International
Nigerian Times International Forum - Index
Nigerian Times

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