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Budget Cut: Niger Delta Militants Threaten To Blow Up Lawmakers’ Properties

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Militants from the Niger Delta, under the auspices of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers [RNDA] region have threatened to blow up properties belonging to National Assembly members from the region over poor and nonchalant representation.

The militants made the threat in a statement issued following the revelation that some “projects attracted to the development of the long-neglected region by others” were downsized.

The group wondered what manner of lawmakers will “fold their hands in the Green and Red chambers and superintend over reduction of funding for key projects” in their various constituencies.

The aggrieved militants termed it “shameful and abysmal failure on the part of our legislators in the National Assembly”.

They also recalled how “former President Goodluck Jonathan in his epileptic six years reign while under his blind watch, allowed some of his ministers and cohorts to milk the wealth of the region dry without contributing any single project to the region”.

They cited the latest incident whereby funds allocated to the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenko, second Niger bridge, East-West road that cuts across all the Niger Delta states were reduced.

They, therefore, warned that it is time to unleash the dragon against their dummy lawmakers.

The statement reads in part:

“The RNDA has declared all National Assembly members from the Niger Delta region as the true enemies of the development of the region and would deal decisively with them while their properties scattered across the Niger Delta region will receive a dose of our ravaging dynamites.

We note that the National Assembly members have not been able to attract projects but would sit down and fold their hands in the Green and Red chambers and superintend over reduction of funding for key projects attracted to the development of the long-neglected region by others.

It is shameful and abysmal failure on the part of our legislators in the National Assembly to sit down and endorse this injustice done to the people of the region when the President had already allocated funds for such projects with direct positive impact on the people.

It is totally unacceptable in this era as it will no longer be condoned for our elected representatives to pursue their personal interest to the detriment of the region’s development as was clearly displayed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in his epileptic six years reign while under his blind watch, allowed some of his ministers and cohorts to milk the wealth of the region dry without contributing any single project to the region.

We were totally taken aback over the reduction of funds allocated to the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenko.

This was one project that we sacrificed our lives in the creek to fight for, the second Niger bridge, the East- West road that cuts across all the Niger Delta states, which former President Jonathan and his PDP government could not complete among other critical projects by the National Assembly.”


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