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Niger Delta: Call for referendum – Annkio Briggs tells Nigeria Government

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Niger Delta: Call for referendum – Annkio Briggs tells Nigeria Government
Renowned Niger Delta activist, Annkio Briggs on Monday called on the Nigerian Government to conduct a referendum.
He said “it is the only thing remaining for the country since the National Assembly recently refused to restructure.”
Briggs made the assertion during a lecture she delivered at the just concluded Niger Delta Youth Peace Dialogue, which held at the PTI Conference in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
Brigs noted that the National Assembly had drawn the line for allegedly taking the position of not restructuring the country.
“The only thing remaining right now for Nigeria and all other ethnic groups is to call for a referendum.
“We need to have a referendum in Nigeria. Let the people decide. Let the ethnic nationalities decide. Let United Nations have a referendum,”‎ he said.
Briggs who reacted to a letter issued by members of the Niger Delta Avengers stated that Federal Government was not ready to discuss with the people of the Niger Delta.

“I believe strongly, there is really nothing to discuss”, he said, pointing out that what the people of the Niger Delta wanted was a 100% resource ownership and payment of tax to the Federal Government.
Briggs said all the federal government was interested in was to continue to forceful take over of the oil and gas to develop other regions to the detriment of the people of the Niger Delta.
According to Briggs, “in the meantime, if you’re blowing up pipelines, they don’t care you are blowing pipelines because they are able to assess the oil and gas.
“The only language they understand is when everybody leaves in darkness. We don’t have assess to it. I don’t see why they should have assess to it.”
Speaking on the theme: ‘Peace Dialogue; A tool for Niger Delta Sustainable Development,’ Prof. Benjamin Okaba stated that dialogue was a necessity but not a precondition for sustainable development, stressing that,” We have had enough dialogue but less implementation.”
Okaba noted that there had been 15 documented reports for the Niger Delta region since 1958 till date.
He pointed out that all the reports were presented to the government.

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