WHY I AM NOT READY TO LISTEN TO NIGER DELTA AVENGERS – PRESIDENT BUHARI FINALLY OPENS UP




Federal Government explained yesterday why it has
refused to enter into dialogue with the Niger Delta
Avengers who has continuously bombed pipelines in the
region even as the militants  vowed not to beg government
for negotiation.
The Federal Government gave the explanation a day after
the Avengers blew up three more trunk lines in Bayelsa and
Rivers. Meanwhile, residents of over 75 riverine
communities Delta state have cried out over the pollution
of their environment and environment by the activities of
the Avengers and other militant groups.
Giving reason why the Federal Government was not
holding talks with the Niger Delta Avengers on how to put
an end to the bombing of pipelines, Vice President,
Professor Yemi Osinbajo said that they are not freedom
fighters but economic warriors who are fighting for their
own private pockets. Professor Osinbajo who delivered the
second foundation lecture of Elizade University,Ilaramokin,
Ondo state entitled “The Future is here earlier than we
thought”, declared that “the so called avengers are not
freedom fighters but fighting for their own economic
benefits. They are avenging for their private pocket and
that is why government is not talking with them”.
The Vice President however said that the Federal
Government has concluded arrangements to tackle the
menace of pipeline vandalism in the Niger/Delta region.
While condemning the activities of the militants who
claimed responsibility for the vandalization of petroleum
pipelines in the Niger/Delta region, said “the previous
government neglected the region for several years, hence
the current challenges in the region.
The Federal Government has however put machinery in
motion to curtail the activities of Niger/Delta Avengers”.He
also lamented that the activities of the avengers were
responsible for the epileptic power supply in the country as
well as the inability of state governors to pay workers’
salaries due to the low revenue generated in the oil sector
as a result of the attack on pipelines.

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