From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
A Yoruba self-determination group, the Yoruba Liberation Command, YOLICOM has said the Federal Government should be blamed for the return of hostilities in the Niger-Delta, following the weekend threats by Avengers that it would renew attacks on oil pipelines.
In a statement issued in Lagos, by YOLICOM senior official, Mr Sanusi Akinleye, the group said that the Federal Government should be held responsible for the renewal of hostilities in the Niger-Delta.
The group said despite of the obvious agitation for self-determination across the country, the Federal Government had responded by resorting to hardliner posture and the outright militarization of the country.
The group said the Nigerian authorities have indicated a lack of commitment to deal with the hues and cries of Nigerians who want a paradigm shift in the moribund political structure of Nigeria which only serves the interest of the Fulani North.
“Nigerians, Avengers and other militant groups in the Niger Delta have been waiting for two years for the government to address the problems of restructuring.
“The government which included this in the All Progressives Congress, (APC) manifesto is singing another song. The government has failed to obey her own rules. Instead, it has chosen to resort to violent attacks and killings of dissenting voices.
“The decision of the Niger Delta freedom fighters to go back to the creeks is a reflection of the failure of the government to address the fears and aspirations of the oil producing communities, who for half a century, have been exploited and raped by successive authorities.
The current government is parochial, self serving and violent in character. The regime is intolerant and takes delight in fueling discord and instability across the country.