Politicians in Nigeria since our independence have struggled with moral decency. This in turn has caused a number of troubling issues.
The oil issues of Southern Nigeria is a perfect example. Not only do the people of the South, particularly Niger Delta, feel cheated off their resources, they are also the ones who have to deal with the environmental problems that comes with mining of oil.
Indigenous residents are therefore displaced, or forced to live in inhabitable conditions. And as a response, they retaliate in harmful and desperate ways. This in itself forces the government to pay attention to their cause and appease them as much as they can.
Enter the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The NDDC was an initiative by the Federal Government of Nigeria whose goal is to pay reparations for the damages drilling of oil causes to the southerners.And for the development of the community as a whole.
Yet a lot of Nigerians, especially those ill informed or kept in the dark were oblivious to this fact. Many people, were unaware that billions of Naira was literally being allocated to this federal agency, to solve the development problems in the South.
However the recent NDDC scandal has shed light on the inner dealings of this organization and has shown Nigerians just how deep in our society corruption runs.
This revelation has stirred a heated debate between Nigerians on Twitter. There are those who believe that southern leaders are the one hurting the southern people. Based on the Numerous corruption scandal that seems to erupt from them.
NDDC: Is created for Niger Deltans, headed by Niger Deltans,
Supervised by Niger Deltans &
Looted by Niger Deltans to ruin Niger Deltans.
Coming 2023 elections, the same people embezzled, raped & denying development in Niger Delta would still be voted by Niger Delta people.
— Olayemi 🇳🇬 (@olayemi_123) July 21, 2020
The enemies of Niger Delta are mostly withing the Niger Delta itself. Ironically, that region has plenty of though people, but less tougher on it's demand for good leadership. How leaders waste such billions with gross impunity make my heart really troubled. Oh! Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/nJr07E2bij
— Naphtali Hadu Ligari (@OfficialLigari) July 21, 2020
How Southerners or Niger Deltans still blame President, North, and Yoruba for the mishaps up till this moment in their ministry is what still baffles me. pic.twitter.com/jUc4p6GIQY
— Ridwan Adeleke™ 🚨🇳🇬 (@serikinaani) July 21, 2020
So apparently the NDDC comprises of Niger deltans, and this people live in Niger delta, they see the sufferings of their people and you are blaming the NORTHERNERNS, rethink
— AKOGU VICTOR UNEKWUOJO💓 (@Godwilnotwhineu) July 21, 2020
So sad but just the truth. I am from Delta state and trust me…..the state is controlled by cabals, cultist and godfathers. God help us all Niger Deltans pic.twitter.com/Yhw5ZMUfcF
— NE Anyasi 🌍 (@anyasi_emma) July 21, 2020
And there are those who believe that Big Government is still the reason for Niger Delta’s woes
Since una no wan hear word.
The Niger Delta is not on trial.
Buhari’s NDDC appointees who admitted under oath that they spent money without budgetary appropriation are the ones on trial.
Please resist the urge to what..?
— Ose Anenih (@ose_anenih) July 21, 2020
Buhari-appointed APC members embezzled money meant to develop the Niger Delta, but Niger Deltans should no longer complain about the exploitation and pollution of their communities?
E say na audacity. Twitter sha. https://t.co/LjKCh5Cjk4
— Ose Anenih (@ose_anenih) July 21, 2020
It seems you didn't watch the drama at NASS to the end. Did Niger Deltans vote for those heading NDM and NDDC? While we are holding them accountable, don't forget that NASS members are biggest beneficiaries of NDDC contracts. https://t.co/feRkrlO1PJ
— Mazcot (@viva_mazcot) July 21, 2020
This nonsense some of you are doing where you blame Niger Deltans..
and pretend Buhari does not exist is madness.
You hate ethnic minorities so much, you think Niger Deltans calling for resource control is wrong.
So you blame us for Buhari's error.
E no go work..
— William (@_SirWilliam_) July 21, 2020