Niger Delta militants split Nigeria into five republics


A COALITION of militant groups
in the Niger Delta, under the auspices
of the Reformed Egbesu Assembly,
have called for the immediate
division of the country into five
republics.
The groups named the republics
as Arewa Islamic Republic, Biafra
Republic, Republic of Niger Delta,
Middle Belt Republic and Oduduwa
Republic.
They recommended that all the
republics put together shall be
addressed as United Republics of
Nigeria.
This is coming few hours after the
Convener of Pan Niger Delta Forum,
PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark pleaded
with the militants not to go ahead
with the proposed declaration of
Republic of Niger Delta on October
1, 2017.
The militants said the call for the
division of the country has become
necessary in order to avert the
possibility of violent agitations.
Speaking in a statement by the
General Officer Commanding, REF,
Tony Alagbakereowei, who spoke
on behalf of the group called on
international organizations to call for
referendum without further delay.
He said, “We reaffirm our collective
resolve to actualise the Republic of
the Niger Delta, RONDEL, which
had been proclaimed in 1966 taking
into cognisance the reality that there
is nothing yet binding us as a people
rather than the crude oil and gas in
the Niger Delta.
“We call on the British Prime
Minister, President Donald Trump
of the United States and the United
Nations, UN, to conduct a referendum
for the peaceful dissolution of the
Nigerian states into Arewa Islamic
Republic, Biafra Republic, Oduduwa Republic, Republic of the Niger
Delta,RONDEL, and the Republic
of the Middle Belt to be collectively
known and addressed as the United
Republics of Nigeria based on the
principles of non-exodus and nonviolence.
“We strongly restate our commitment
and dedication to this model as it is
the irreducible minimum acceptable
political requirement for the ethnic
nationalities of the Niger Delta to
remain in the Nigerian state.
“We consider this as the best option
to avoid the impending humanitarian
crisis of a full-blown Nigeria civil war
and armed revolution which will be
foisted upon the African Continent
and the world at large.”

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