What the militants need to understand is that quiet a number of the so called foreign oil workers/staff are in actual fact CIA and M15 (British intelligence agency) operatives. The crisis in the
Apart from this, foreign oil workers have long been warned to leave the
Therefore, henceforth, we must not have any mercy or sympathy for any foreign oil worker kidnapped by the militants. Let them pay the price for their greediness! Kidnapping is part of the prices they are paying for their greediness to work in the Niger Delta. After all, they don’t pay
Based on this fact, I strongly recommend that that the militants should step up their kidnapping activities and blowing up of oil rigs. The militants need to reduce
The militants, undoubtedly, deserve a very high commendation for the bold and successful operation carried out in Bonga fields in July. The militants used small boats to travel by night, through notoriously strong currents, a distance more than 3 times the width of the Strait of Dover separating
1. Nigeria’s ability to earn foreign currency will be seriously reduced;
2. The credit ratings of Nigeria will suffer a serious set-back due to high political risk. International investment rating agencies like Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch will be forced to assign
3. The economic loss of foreign oil companies will increase substantially, and will be forced to close down their operations;
4.Nigeria will not be able to service its outstanding debt obligations before international lenders;
5. The consequence of this is that no international lending institution will take the risk of lending
6. Nigeria will not be able to implement any of the major infrastructural projects already budgeted for – contractors will stop works due to constant delays in payments and/or inability to pay at all;
7. In order to survive,
9. There will be so much pressure on Yaradua from the oil companies, oil exporting countries, international community and Nigerians not just to negotiate with the militants, but reach agreement with them quickly on their own terms;
10. The north will no more look invincible at the summit or any negotiations.
THEY ARE ALREADY FEELING THE PAIN!
The effect of the
Many major American airlines; Continental, Delta, North-West, United and others have started grounding their planes due to the high price of gasoline and petroleum which has drastically increased cost of operations. The longer the crises in the
According to the latest report released in June, 2008, about 12.5% of American car owners have abandoned their cars for public transport due to high cost of petroleum.
The unprecedented increase in the price of oil and gas has hit the U.S. economy to the extent that on June 18, 2008, the President of the United States, George Bush Jnr., was compelled to approach the Congress to overturn a 26 year ban on offshore oil drilling in the US, and open a part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for petroleum exploration! It is obvious that Bush was forced to take this step out of desperation. The
But according to analysts, there is a serious flaw with offshore drilling because even if tomorrow the U.S. opened up every square mile of the outer continental shelf to offshore rigs, even if the U.S. drilled the entire state of Alaska and pulled new refineries out of thin air, the impact on gas prices will be minimal and delayed at best. A 2004 study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that drilling in ANWR would trim the price of gas by just 3.5 cents a gallon by 2007 (if oil prices continue to skyrocket, the savings will be greater, but not by much) opening up offshore areas to oil exploration might cut the price of gas by 3 to 4 cents a gallon at most, according to the National Defense Council. And the relief of the pump, such at it is, wouldn’t be immediate – it would take several years, at least, for the oil to begin to flow, which is time enough for increased demand from China, India and the rest of the world to outpace those relatively meager savings.
Thus, Bush’s move would not have an impact. The reason for this assertion is very simple: according to statistics, the
At best, what the
June 18, 2008, is the watershed in the N.D. crises. The activities of the militants have forced the
In fact, the energy crises in the
WHAT IS AFRICOM REALLY ABOUT?
The above analysis has shown that all the noise and propaganda about the benefits of U.S. military partnership with Nigeria to safe guard the gulf of Guinea, known as AFRICOM, is nothing but the U.S. desperation and attempt to use force in the Niger delta in order to guarantee an uninterrupted oil production of the multinational oil companies and supply for its economy. Uninterrupted supply of the
Shell has just relinquished its rich oil wells in Ogoniland – which has just been awarded to Gazprom, the Russian energy giant and the biggest gas company in the world.
The above analysis, is more than enough to prove beyond any reasonable doubts that it is the federal government of northern Nigeria, the U.S. and multinational oil companies that are at the mercy of the militants, and not vice versa. The militants need to step up mass kidnapping of top managers of multinational oil companies and blowing up of oil rigs, wells and pipes in order to accelerate their exit from the region.
2. PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE.
There is a Russian proverb that goes thus: “!;>20<8 <>6=> ;5G8BL, A;>20<8 <>6=> :0;5G8BL.” Translation: “It is possible to heal with words; it is also possible to kill with words. In some cases, words could even be more painful than physical pain. I strongly recommend that the N.D. militants should adopt psychological tactics or warfare in their battle against the federal republic of northern
These tactics mainly involve the following:
a. Discrediting and embarrassing Yaradua personally and his government in general – both inside and outside Nigeria;
b. Continuing portraying themselves as victims of the evil and heartless northern led Nigerian government – which they are indeed – inside and outside Nigeria;
c. Taking full psychological control of the whole process in the N.D., and not giving the north any room or opportunity to manipulate them nor the process.
The first step in this tactics is to continue mentioning the illegality of the emergence of Yaradua as the president of
THE CONDITIONS FOR ANY FORM OF NEGOTIATIONS OR DISCUSSIONS
Before even holding any preliminary discussions with the north, the militants should give the following conditions that must be met by the north:
a. Withdraw all soldiers, police and State Security Service operatives ‘completely’ from the Niger Delta;
b. Demand for the unconditional release of Henry Okah and other militants;
c. Yaradua personally should tender unconditional apology to the Niger Deltans and militants for all the heinous crimes committed against them by the northern led Nigerian government, and stop talking about amnesty for the militants who took up arms to fight for their freedom;
d. The venue of any official discussions about the Niger Delta must not take place in Abuja, but somewhere in the south, preferably in Lagos.
Psychological attacks on Yaradua.
This tactics involve disrupting all official activities of Yaradua – both inside and outside
1. MURDERER, GIVE US BACK OUR LAND AND OIL MONEY!
2. BARAWO: TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF OUR OIL!
3. YARADUA, WHERE IS THE SNC YOU PROMISED US?
4. YOU BUILT
5. YARADUA: THIS IS NOT THE
6. YARADUA AND NORTH: HANDS OFF OUR OIL!
7. NO OKAH, NO
8. YARADUA: YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE!
9. YARADUA: WE DON’T TRUST YOU ANY MORE!
10. STOP DEVELOPING
11. NO MORE STEALING OF OUR OIL IN THE NAME OF BUILDING A FAKE ONE
12. WE DID NOT SUBSCRIBE TO ONE
13. THE BRITISH CREATED
14. NO PEACE IN THE
15. NO OKAH, NO OIL FOR
16. NO OKAH, NO PEACE IN THE
20. WE DON’T BELIEVE IN ONE
21. ONE NIGGERIA IS A FRAUD!
22. WE WANT TO RULE OURSELVES!
23. NO ARMY CAN STOP US FROM REALISING OUR OBJECTIVE!
24. NO PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE!
26. HELP! OUR OIL IS BEING STOLEN BY THE NORTH!
27. WE WANT TO END OUR UNSUBSCRIBED RELATIONSHIP IN NIGGERIA!
28. WE ARE FREEDOM FIGHTERS, AND NOT TERRORISTS!
29. NO TO INTERNAL COLONIALISM!
30. YARADUA! LET OUR PEOPLE GO!
31. NATIONAL REFERENDUM NOW!
32. NO REFERENDUM, NO PEACE IN THE
33. NO REFERENDUM, NO OIL FOR
34. ONLY A NATIONAL REFERENDUM CAN SOLVE THE CRISIS!
35. WHO IS AFRAID OF REFERENDUM?
36. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES IN A REFERENDUM!
37. LET US DECIDE THE FAITH OF
38. TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF OUR OIL PARASITES!
39. THE EMERGENCE OF
40. YARADUA, WE WILL NEVER ALLOW YOU TO STEAL OUR OIL AGAIN!
41. THIS IS INTERNAL COLONIALISM, AND
A special committee that will plan, organize and manage this event needs to be set up for this. Picketing could also be complemented with throwing rotten eggs, tomatoes, urine, cold water, blood, paint, oil, etc, at Yaradua during public appearances – both inside and outside
ll also go a long way in worsening Yaradua’s health.