ABUBAKAR Tsav, a former Commissioner of Police in charge of Lagos State has accused some disgruntled and corrupt politicians of fueling the fire that burning in Nigeria’s oil producing area, the Niger Delta.
According to Tsav, “the Niger-Delta Avengers, or whatever name they call themselves, are blackmailers. They are criminals. They are being sponsored by corrupt politicians who are being exposed and put on trial for corruption by President Buhari’s administration.
He spoke recently warning that, “whoever referred to the NDA members as freedom fighters is doing a lot of disservice to this nation. Members of this group are criminals and they should be treated as such.
“Where were these criminals when Jonathan was in power? Where were the so-called Avengers when Jonathan was there; when his administration was awarding lucrative contracts to the so-called militants under the guise of protecting the oil pipelines…?
The former police commissioner and social critics accused the elders in the Niger Delta of under developing the region, insisting that, “It is the leaders from Niger Delta that under-develop the region. What else do they want Federal Government to do, to develop the region? Federal Government set up the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, and the ministry is working; the Niger Delta Development Commission is also there as interventionist agency to develop the region.
“ Aside these, the oil producing states also collect 13 per cent derivation from Federal Government. To me, people that are saying that enough attention is not being paid by the Federal Government to the Niger Delta, are wrong.
“If at all they are saying that Niger Delta is underdeveloped, they should hold Niger Delta leaders responsible. Niger Delta leaders under developed Niger- Delta. Why did I say so? Look at the money meant for the development of Niger Delta but allegedly stolen by former governors James Ibori of Delta State, and late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha of Bayelsa State. They allegedly stole money meant for the development of their states to buy houses in London, New York, Dubai and other places. They took away their states’ funds to foreign personal accounts.”
“Where were these criminals when Jonathan was in power? Where were the so-called Avengers when Jonathan was there; when his administration was awarding lucrative contracts to the so-called militants under the guise of protecting the oil pipelines…?”
“There are several others like Ibori and Alamieyeseigha from the Niger Delta. These are the people the Niger Delta should hold responsible for their plight.
“Jonathan was there for six years; was he not from Niger Delta? They didn’t protest at the time or ask him questions. So, it is Buhari that has just spent one year in office that will do the miracle?
“This is why I said NDA, or whatever group that is causing problem in Niger Delta today, is not sincere. They are not fighting for their people. They are fighting their own battle – they and their sponsors are not happy that Buhari is fighting corruption, and that some of their mentors and sponsors have already been exposed.”