The gravest danger in the Niger Delta is not just the negative impact of crude oil spill on the agriculture and the aquatic life but the possibility of permanent destruction of the region. What happens when the land and the River become incapable of supporting animal and plant lives? Let it be very clear to those who are currently negotiating compensation today that if these unscrupulous foreigners are allowed to continue this nefarious drilling as they wish that the whole Niger Delta region will eventually be barren. Let them have this at the back of their mind whenever they sit on the negotiating table talking about oil drill in their land that whatever amount of money they are giving now will certainly finish but the impact of the crude oil drill will never finish in their land. Those foreigners know this, though they will never mention it.
Ask yourselves, now you have agreed on receiving monthly stipend of peanut and scholarships, for how long shall it last? This monthly pay is it paid to all the families in the Niger Delta? Does every youth in the region a beneficiary of these scholarships or is it only for those who where engaged in the violent activities on the oil pipelines? Let it be known that this deal with the federal government is a total sell out. They used it to shut up the voices of the outspoken so that they will continue their exploitation without hindrance. It is an official bribe, and those who accepted this kind of settlements are guilty of betrayal. Their position is more of a conspiracy with the foes against their own people because the devastation of the region does not affect them alone, it affects everyone in the region, therefore amelioration of any kind must include every living thing that dwells in the region. The unborn children as well as the wildlife must be put into consideration when negotiating any deal that will ultimately affect their well being. Therefore, taking monthly salary and accepting sparing scholarships do not settle the situation by any means. And those who believe they do are as guilty as those foreigners who commit these hideous crimes against the people of Niger Delta, and shall never escape the natural punishment for selfishly betraying their own people.
These are high points that must be considered when negotiating with those concerned: First, the title 'Niger Delta Militants' must be dropped. You must cancel the impression that they are negotiating with militants or a ragtag army. It gives them a psychological edge over you. You must make it clear you are professionally negotiating a business on equal terms, and every point raised must be deliberately debated based on evidence on ground and the natural logic that rules the circumstance. Second, the allocation of oil wells to individuals either from the region or outside the region must be canceled. The oil wells must be owned by the people, totally controlled by the government, monitored by activists and private entities from the region that have no direct stake on the venture but directly represent the public interest. If you cannot have control over the natural resources in your domain it is prudent to prevent others from having it, because they will never act on your interest rather on their own interest to your detriment. And it necessarily doesn't have to be violently unless there is no other means. Third, and most importantly, there must be an indigenous sponsored
By Kelechi Nwagbara