Niger Delta Elders Beg Avengers Over Vandalism


Okrika, NIGERIA: Masked Ateke Tom militants hold their guns as they arrive at their camp, 13 April 2007, in Okrika, Rivers State. Ateke Tom is the leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante, an ethnic Ijaw militia in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Many militant groups in the delta say they are fighting for the control of government oil wells. Five people, including a senior police officer, were killed in clashes between rival cult gangs in southern Nigeria's oil-rich state of Rivers, the police said today.    AFP PHOTO / LIONEL HEALING (Photo credit should read LIONEL HEALING/AFP/Getty Images)

Leaders in the Niger Delta region under the auspices of the Concerned Niger Delta Leaders (CNDL), have described the actions of the agitators in the zone (Avengers) as a clear act of sabotage against the nation and humanity.

The leaders however, called on the avengers to lay down their arms and embrace peace, saying no meaningful development can be achieved in a crisis ridden environment.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, coordinator of the elders forum High Chief Mike Ekayama Loyibo also commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment in the sustenance and increase of investment in the amnesty programme especially with the appointment of Gen. Paul Boroh.

He also appealed to the military to take caution in its modus operandi in apprehending what they termed as “vandals”, especially as regards its last operations at Gbaramatu Kingdom which had dire consequences.

“We have for some time now, watched with utmost dismay the manner which the Niger Delta Avengers, a group with an aimless agenda has been destroying our common heritage and the economic mainstay of the through the vandalisation of critical government infrastructure and oil installations.

“we hereby call upon a the group to lay down their arms and embrace peace as no meaningful development can be achieved in a crisis ridden environment. We advise that they join other forward looking citizens to appreciate the obstacles we, as a country have overcome and the progress the country has made under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari thus far, to help strengthen the plans the government has in place to put Nigeria back to the path of progress”.



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