By Binebai Princewill
A human right group, known as Concerned Citizens For Izon-ebe Development (CCFID) has called for the amendment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) act to exclude Northern and Western representatives in the membership of the board.
The group in a Press Statement signed by its National President, Comrade Oyinbi Onduku and made available to newsmen described the Inclusion of Northern and Western Reps in the board of NDDC as a deliberate oppression of minority ethnic groups by the majority ethnic groups in Nigeria.
According to Onduku, the inclusion of Northerner and Westerner reps in a commission specifically established for the development of a particular region due to marginalization, simply signifies a deliberate oppression and injustice against the Niger Delta people by the Hausa-Fulanis and the Yoruba’s.
He argued that there is no bases for the inclusion of Northerner and Westerner who have nothing to do with Niger Delta development affairs into its board, alleging that such perceived injustice was made possible because the Hausa’s and Yoruba’s are the majority ethnic groups in the National Assembly.
He went further to query whose interest the Hausa and Yoruba man is protecting in NDDC, saying that it is a misplaced priority, waste of Niger Delta Peoples resources and oppression of the minority ethnic group in the highest order. ”
Onduku, noted that at any time in a government where injustice becomes law, the people have a duty to resist that government, he has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency, review the NDDC establishment Act in order to ensure peace, fairness and justice in Nigeria.
”We therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President, Sen.Ahmed Lawal and the Speaker House of Reps, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to as a matter of urgency, and for the interest of peace to reign in the Niger Delta region, to quickly review the Act to remove the clause of Northerners and Westerners representatives in the board of NDDC, ” they added .