Economic sabotage: APC tells Niger-Delta avenger to embrace peace

Economic sabotage: APC tells Niger-Delta avenger to embrace peace

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//Chris Suleiman, Abuja//

The South-east caucus of the ruling  All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to the new militant group  Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) who have been waging economic war against Nigeria by blowing up oil pipelines and installations to immediately sheathe their swords and give President Muhammadu Buhari more time to look into their demands.

In a statement signed yesterday in Abuja, by the spokesman of the party in South-east, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said the appealed became necessary “taking into cognizance of the laudable projects President Buhari has charted and lined up for the Niger Delta region, like Clean-Up of Ogoniland, completion of East-West road and Calabar-Lagos Railways.”

Osita also asked the NDA to direct their grievances to the former President Goodluck Jonathan, if there is anything to avenge or blame, for allegedly  “neglected the Niger Delta and by extension Nigeria, during his five years in office.

The statement asked: “were the Niger Delta Avengers in deep slumber when Jonathan for good five years failed to Clean-Up the Niger Delta, failed to complete East-West road, failed to review Oil Blocks, failed to Amend the Constitution to their taste, and failed to build the three Greenfield Refineries which he awarded?

“Accordingly, we plead with our brothers, the Niger Delta Avengers for God’s sake, to do a deep re-think and graciously allow peace to reign; for our collective national interest and indeed to save the Niger Delta from ruins.”

“No sane Nigerian will pray for the reoccurrence of the ugly incident of Odi in 1999, Zaki Ibiam in 2000 and Gbaramatu in 2009; unwarranted ugly scenario which the Niger Delta Avengers are consciously simulating.

“It is our candid view that bombing of Forcados pipeline, Bonga Oil field, Chevron trunk lines and other Oil and Gas installations will neither facilitate the implementation of 2014 National Conference Report, funding of the Amnesty Program, nor the Clean-Up of the Niger Delta region.

Otherwise, may we honestly ask the Niger Delta Avengers, where they were, when our dear former president, His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, from 6 May, 2010 to 29 May, 2015 presided over Nigeria?”

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