The Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his comment during Arise TV interview on Thursday.
President Buhari had said that Igbos are a DOT in a circle, hence won’t have any access if they were to secede from Nigeria.
The president made the comment to ridicule the agitations of the proponents of a Sovereign State of Biafra who are demanding to split from the Lord Lugard 1914 amalgamation.
Buhari said: “IPOB are just like a dot in a circle. If they want to exist they won’t have access to anywhere.
“And the way they are spread all over the country, having businesses, having properties, I think IPOB doesn’t know what they are talking about.”
Reacting, the Niger Delta Self Determination Movement, in a statement titled “The knife of 1968 will not cut in 2021” and signed by the convener, Ms. Annkio Briggs, told Buhari off.
Ms. Briggs told the president to exclude Ijaws from any untoward plans he has for the Igbos, noting that Niger Deltans share blood relationship with the Igbos.
She categorically stressed that the Niger Delta people are also agitating for their own survival, hence do not intend to oppose Ndigbo to their own survival if they choose to leave Nigeria.
The statement reads in part:
“As an Ijaw and from one of the community that is at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, of Niger Delta and of Southern Nigeria, whoever from the South that have assured or agrees with Buhari that Igbos are a DOT is on their own and the Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM) while agitating for our own survival do not intend to oppose Ndigbo to their own survival, even if they want to leave Nigeria.
“The majority of the Ethnic Nationalities of Niger Delta have not only a geographical relationship with Ndigbo but have a blood relationship with Igbo people, that we do not share with Buhari and his people.
”No matter the politics, blood remains thicker than water,” it concluded.
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