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Monday, October 3, 2016

Ogoni clean-up is a fraud against Deltans - Annkio Briggs

According to an interview done by Naij.com, Annkio Briggs a Niger Delta activist based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, reveals hidden truths about the Niger Delta and was she called the insincerity of the federal government to the Ogoni clean-up campaign.


Excerpts: 
You are a stakeholder in the Niger Delta project, who do you blame over the Niger Delta crisis? The Niger Delta crisis started years and years ago.

The 1914 amalgamation of many ethnic nationalities across the land mass and the creeks of today’s North and South of Nigeria by the British Colonial government brought the Niger Delta where she is today.

The previous governments since independence have taken advantage of the Niger Delta people’s failure to see their region as their first economic and political priority.

The struggle to develop the Niger Delta and ensure equitable distribution of resources have dominated minority struggle since oil was first discovered in Oloibiri. What is the hope that the region will come out and enjoy its resources to the fullest? 

As long as there is life there is hope, but it is taking too long, because our people over the years have allowed themselves to be brainwashed into believing that their priority should be Nigeria as a country instead of their priority being that of an economically and politically secured Niger Delta where the people are in charge of their region and resources.

Therefore unless our people step up and make the needed changes necessary to take control of our destiny, hope is empty. For the Niger Delta people to enjoy our resources to the fullest we must speed up hope.

The militants have been blowing pipelines despite the ceasefire agreement, do you subscribe to their continued onslaught on the oil facilities?
I continue to make it clear that l believe in non-violence and remain a non-violent agitator for justice and equity. From the day the NDA blew up the first pipeline l have appealed for them to stop blowing up the pipelines but rather embrace the path of dialogue.

Having said that, the Niger Delta people, environment and total region have suffered violence from the days of the colonial oppression and slavery to the 1960 independence of Nigeria. Let us not misunderstand what is going on, there was no ceasefire agreement as l understand it is between the various different groups emerging from the Niger Delta and the federal government.

Rather my understanding is that the NDA offered to stop blowing up pipelines while they watch the process of the ‘so called’ dialogue by the federal government.

Can you give us a description of the degradation of the Niger Delta region? 
I was born in the United Kingdom but raised in the Kalabari creeks of today’s Rivers state. I am an Ijaw by ethnicity. My people are riverine people, meaning we live within the creeks, swamps, mangroves and rivers of the Niger Delta. We are a people that live off our environment.


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