Yekini Nabena, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to recent threats by groups of Niger Delta militants to blow up oil installations and facilities in the region over a purported plan to take domicile the supervision of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the Office of the Secretary of Government of the Federation instead of the Ministry of Niger Delta Development.
Nabena, also the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC instead said Nigerians should hold Professor Nelson Brambaifa, former NDDC Managing Director, responsible if the militant should carry out the threat of bombing oil installation in the oil-rich states.
Niger Delta militants had on Monday threatened to cripple oil production in the region by inflicting widespread damage on oil installations and facilities in the region should the Federal Government go ahead with the purported plan to take away supervision of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), from Ministry of Niger Delta to the Office of Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF).
The threat came via a statement issued by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) and the coalition of nine militant groups who warned against change on NDDC’s structure.
“We will bring the nation to its knees and return Nigeria to the era of another recession if the Secretary to Federal Government and the so-called selfish self-centred greedy power- drunken politicians refuse to stop their evil arrangement.” the group warned
But Nabena in his reaction Tuesday in Abuja alleged that the former NDDC boss, Prof Nelson Brambaifa and his political masters of attempting are behind the plot to destabilize the oil-rich region through unconstitutional manoeuvres to control the NDDC.
The APC chieftain, however, called on security agencies to investigate the activities of Brambaifa and the people he described as Brambaifa’s ‘political masters.’
Nabena said: “I will only urge the Federal Government not to take the threat coming from the militant group as a mere threat. Any action by these individuals capable of destabilising the fragile Niger Delta region must be taken seriously.
“We cannot afford to go back to the era of bombing and destroying government facilities in the Niger Delta because of the selfish interest of the few,” Nabena stated.
When asked to name who are the Brambaifa’s political masters, the APC deputy spokesman said: “The brains behind the dissolution of the NDDC board and the appointment of Professor Nelson Brambaifa as the acting Managing Director in January know themselves and it is public knowledge. They are the ones attempting to destabilise the Niger Delta region with their selfish plan to continue control of the NDDC.”
Nabena also urged the Niger Delta youths to embrace peace and not allow themselves to be used by some persons to disrupt the peace and development of the oil-rich region.
“Our people should know that this President Muhammadu Buhari means well for the Niger Delta. People should stop reading political meaning to any action taken by the government,” he stated.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the recomposition of the new Board of the NDDC with former Deputy Governor of Edo State, Dr Pius Odubu as Chairman, Mr Bernard Okumagba as Managing Director, Engr. Otobong Ndem as Executive Director (Projects) and Maxwell Okoh as Executive Director (Finance and Administration).