Niger Delta elders raise alarm over Nigeria
The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, on Thursday pointed out that Nigeria is shaky.
It insisted that only restructuring will ensure growth and prosperity across the country.
Air Cmdr Idongesit Nkanga (retd), PANDEF National Chairman, stated this in Calabar while inaugurating the Cross River Chapter of the Forum.
He said: ”Nigeria must be restructured so that the Niger Delta can have a say. Nigeria, as it is, is not standing well because we cannot have first-class citizen living in a second class economy.
“All our citizens must have equal opportunities and people. What is obtainable in other climes must be applied as people are revolting over old ways of doing things.
“Niger Delta is a land of peace and our language is one because we speak in one voice, which is to ensure that peace is sustained in a bid to complement government effort in a bid to bring growth and development.
“Revolution is taking place in the Niger Delta and Cross River state cannot afford to be asleep, for instance, the Bakassi issue is still in the front burner, ours is to advocate while government is to implement.
“We are economically, socially marginalised, our region is dying, we need urban renewal in the Niger Delta, and we need it now, you cannot be a first-class citizen and live in a second class economy,” he stated.