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MOSIEND Criticizes Federal Government’s Approach to Niger Delta Issues

The Movement for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) has voiced strong criticism of the Federal Government’s handling of the region’s issues, particularly denouncing the Amnesty Programme for ex-agitators as insufficient and not a true achievement.

During the 56th Boro Day celebration, MOSIEND National President Kennedy West emphasized that the amnesty initiative, which was meant as a temporary measure to quell militant activities, should not be considered a significant accomplishment by the government. He stated that the programme was agreed upon by the agitators under the expectation that the government would subsequently address broader developmental needs in the Niger Delta.

Key Points from Kennedy West’s Statement:

Amnesty Programme Critique:

    • West argued that the amnesty programme was merely a stopgap measure and not a solution to the underlying problems faced by the Niger Delta.
    • He criticized the government for presenting the amnesty as a major achievement while neglecting other critical recommendations made by the committee formed to address the region’s issues.

    Need for Comprehensive Solutions:

      • West called for the implementation of additional recommendations from the committee that facilitated the amnesty, emphasizing that more substantial development efforts are required.
      • He urged President Tinubu to review and act on these recommendations to address ongoing issues like gas flaring, environmental degradation, and economic marginalization.

      Pipeline Surveillance and OML Approvals:

        • He dismissed pipeline surveillance contracts as inadequate, advocating instead for the allocation of Oil Mining Licenses (OML) to local operators. This, he argued, would empower local communities and help mitigate environmental and economic problems.

        NDDC and Federal Contributions:

          • West highlighted the Federal Government’s failure to contribute its equity share to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over the past 24 years, describing it as corporate marginalization.
          • Legacy of Isaac Adaka Boro:
          • Reflecting on the legacy of Niger Delta hero Isaac Adaka Boro, West noted that the fundamental issues Boro raised, such as the call for fiscal federalism and regional control of resources, remain unresolved and continue to challenge Nigeria.


          Kennedy West’s address underscores the frustration and demands of the Niger Delta people for more meaningful and impactful government interventions. The call for a reevaluation and implementation of broader development strategies highlights the ongoing struggle for equitable resource control and environmental justice in the region. MOSIEND’s stance represents a push for deeper, systemic changes beyond temporary measures like the Amnesty Programme.

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