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FG Advised To Dialogue With N’Delta Leaders Not Militant Groups

Posted: Jun 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Felix Igbekoyi

ASABA – The emergence of  another militant group from the Itsekiri ethnic stock, Asawana Deadly Force of Niger Delta (ADFND) based in Sapele area of Delta State is threatening the Federal Government’s planned dialogue with militant groups operating in the region

President Muhammadu Buhari has therefore been advised not to dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, or any militant group but with the leaders of the Niger Delta region.

Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), which gave  the advice, stated that, if the Federal Government dialogues with the NDA,  it would give room for other militant groups to emerge  and crave for attention.

According to Comrade Sheriff  Mulade, Coordinator of CEPEJ, ‘’the Federal Government should dialogue with credible leaders from the Niger Delta region and not with militants especially the Avengers and youth bodies because it will give other youth groups the opportunity to carry arms against the state’’.

He said  that the environment of the area had been devastated because of oil spills occasioned by the continued bombing of pipelines by the rampaging NDA and called on the militants to have a rethink over their nefarious activities as Niger Delta cannot develop in an atmosphere of  conflicts.

The centre also  called for the probe of military spending in the last 16 years to ascertain the true position of things and bring those who allegedly mismanaged such funds to face the wrath of the law.

It acknowledged that the war on terrorism is  a very complex one and called for all hands to be on deck to tackle the threat and advised the military to step up its counter terrorism strategy.

‘’The military needs to have a broad plan involving all the security agencies to fight insurgency and other forms of crimes,’’ he said.