Niger Delta Avengers fight for selfish interest –Osinbajo



Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has declared that
members of the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers
were only fighting for their own interest not for the oil-rich
zone.
The VP noted that the economic challenges currently facing
the country were caused by the activities of the militants at
the Niger Delta Region of the country.
The Vice President stated this on Friday at the Second
Foundation’s Day Lecture of the Elizade University, Ilara
Mokin, Ondo State where he delivered a lecture titled: ‘The
Future: Here Earlier Than We Thought.’
He said, “The Niger Delta Avengers are not freedom
fighters, they are not fighting for any freedom, they only
fight for their pockets. You can’t be blowing up pipelines
and compound the problem of the region and be saying you
are fighting for freedom.
“It is not acceptable for anybody under any guise to be
vandalising and say they are avenging, that is not
acceptable.”
The guest lecturer also attributed the problem facing the
power sector in the country and the inability of many state
governments to pay salaries of workers to the activities of
the militants, which had caused reduction in the country’s
revenue from oil.
He, however, said the present administration was making
frantic efforts to diversify the economic, adding that efforts
were ongoing to develop the private sector.
On whether Nigeria should be restructured to end the
economic challenges, the Vice President said the only
solution to the problem was for the federal and state
governments to look for alternative ways to develop the
country other than relying on oil.
Osinbajo said, “No matter how we choose to deal with
Nigerian problem, we will still have most of the problems in
the states. Most of the revenues we have today are from
the oil and taxes, so we have to depend far more than the
resources available to us in the states.
“The Federal Government cannot rely on oil any longer. So
it is time for both the Federal Government and state
governments to look for ways to develop this country. We
need to open our eyes for other opportunities other than
relying on oil.”
In his remarks, the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun
Mimiko, called for the restructuring of the country,
stressing that the future of the country was threatened by
the current economic challenges in the country and that
only restructuring could solve the problem.

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