SOME unrepentant militants of the Niger Delta, Nigeria's main oil and gas region, on the platform of the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC), broke their long silence since the amnesty programme took effect, on Tuesday, saying the oil region is still an occupied territory.
They claimed in an online statement to AkanimoReports that in spite of the fact that their son, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, ''is President of the Nigerian state, the situation has not changed''.
Spokesperson of the militant group, Cynthia Whyte, said, ''the Niger Delta territory is an occupied territory with the Nigerian state. An Ijaw son being president does not necessarily translate into redemption and liberation from poverty, squalor and environmental degradation for the peoples of the Niger Delta because the forces of evil and wickedness that have worked to suppress the people of the Niger Delta are still at work today working round the clock to undermine the Jonathan Presidency. They will fail''.
Whyte said the unrepentant militants will continue to pay reverence to the likes of Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, Government Ekpemukpolo (aka Tompolo) and Ebikabowei Victor Ben (aka Boyloaf).
''That should tell you that in spite of what you see or think, these people play strong roles in managing the affairs for the liberation and emancipation of the Niger Delta and we recognize the roles they play within the hierarchy of the JRC'', she added.
Continuing on their theme on the Jonathan Presidency, they said, ''we recognize the fact that Jonathan is the most competent president that the Nigerian state has ever produced. We recognize his humility and capacity for leadership. We recognize his humaneness, but we also recognize the fact that he has been treating certain Northern elements with kid gloves''.
On the Boko Haram insurgency, a seeming politically engineered Islamic terrorism in the Northern parts of the Nigeria, the group alleged that Boko Haram is in active connivance with political elements and interests in the North.
Continuing, JRC said the Islamic militants ''are still bombing churches and maiming Christians and peoples of the Southern parts of Nigeria while teir leaders camp in the boys quarters of active senators from the North. These senators ought to have been eliminated by now!
''We pity anyone who emerges from the North as President in the years to come. He may have to contend with a politically tainted Niger Delta agitation''. ENDS