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Oshiomhole Commends Buhari, Supports Military Clampdown In Niger Delta

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole has thrown his weight behind the Federal Government’s clampdown on militant groups sabotaging oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta, notably a group that goes by the name Niger Delta Avengers.

The governor said President Muhammadu Buhari’s moves towards ending the spiel of bombings in recent days was commendable.

He stated this in Abuja after a meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa Wednesday.

“If somebody for whatever reason decides to destroy pipelines, thereby compounding the problem of pollution, ?the cost of cleaning up that area, making it attractive either for fishing, farming or other business, is a huge cost. Cost not just naira and kobo, but in terms of time and human lives.

“So it doesn’t bring us closer, I think all of us ought to converge around a common idea and fashion out how we should ensure ?this natural endowment to be truly a blessing. And that if there are environmental issues arising from certain negligence on the part of certain key players, that as the President has shown for the first time a commitment to clean up Ogoniland and any other area, these are the things we all ought to work together and encourage the President and the federal government to continue to do.

“But to compound those problems by breaking pipelines, stealing crude oil and destroying farmlands and waterways, I don’t see anybody benefiting from that,” Oshiomhole said.

The federal government on Monday deployed warplanes and gunboats to the Niger Delta, especialy Delta State, towards bringing the bombings to an end.

The Niger Delta Avengers have given government conditions for peace and vowed to cripple the nation’s oil and gas sector in the region, one of the major planks of Nigeria’s economy.

However, authorities have ruled out negotiations with the militants.