Niger Delta youth leaders beg Avengers to stop bombing pipelines

Armed militants 
Photo: Buzz Nigeria
Armed militants Photo: Buzz Nigeria

As the Niger Delta Avengers called off their ceasefire, and blew up an oil pipeline in Bonny, Rivers State, some youth leaders in the region have begged the group and other militants to stop further attacks.

The youth leaders, under the aegis of the Grand Council of Niger Delta Youth Leaders, met on Saturday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to assess the current situation in the region, after the Friday night bombing of the Bonny pipeline.

“As much as we agree that the issues being agitated for are salient, and we identify with the genuine agitations of our brothers, we however condemn in totality the ongoing bombing of oil pipelines, as we believe that this is akin to shooting ourselves in the foot as these activities are counter-productive,” the group’s leader, Clement Awakessien, surrounded by more than a hundred youth leaders, told journalists in Uyo.

Mr. Awakessien said the Nigerian economy was already in serious trouble and that so much was needed to revive it. He begged the militants to drop their arms and use dialogue to achieve their goals.

The group, which said they subscribed to non-violent approach to addressing the Niger Delta problem, advised the federal government to urgently work on the broken down federal highways in the region, and also revive the Delta steel company, Ovwian – aladja.

The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari administration to revisit the new Maritime University at Okorekoko, Delta State, the Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas project, Ondo State, and the Brass LNG which they said have been abandoned.

“As the economy improves, which we very much believe that your administration is capable of turning the economy from recession to prosperity, we humbly request that your administration open up the Niger Delta by commencing work on the proposed costal road and development of a railway line (Costal corridor) that will run from Lagos to Calabar,” they said to the president.

“This will open up the creeks.

“To open up the creeks have numerous advantages, ranging from easy movement of goods and people, to exposing the world to the tourist potentials of our creeks which will boost the economy and reduce crime generally.”

The youth leaders declared support for President Buhari’s anti-corruption war, and expressed satisfaction in his nominees – Nsima Ekere, Victor Ndoma-Egba, and others – for the Niger Delta Development Commission’s top job.

They asked other youth in the region to give peace a chance, for development to take place.

“Collective good for all can only be achieved through the subjugation of our individual interests and the propagation of positive, general ideals and policies geared towards holistic and overall development. Antagonism and aggression only aids in further eroding our sensibilities and cohesion as an indivisible entity,” they said.


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  • Ken

    Let Buhari crush the boys as he promised. Nobody should beg them. The SW should mount pressure on Buhari to send more military men to the occupied teritory. God is watching!

    • Jerry

      If nigeria will not balance a power no more forward

  • Realitytalk

    If they do not stop, they will be dealt with by the soldiedrs, no time for rubbish

  • IZON Redeemer

    These so called Niger Delta—–Youths need to see doctors abroad more frequently than Mrs Jonathan——Sad that for over 70 years that the Ijaw–Nation were enslaved—-by the tripod——–they are yet to understand the type of regional politics being played in Nigeria against them——These same—Ijaw mumus and their brothers and sisters from the SS—-are yet to learn from History—————–Yesterday–Late Alams was the only Ijaw governor sent to prison—by the Yorubas via Obj and the Fulanis through Ribadu—-Then came the turn of Ibori and Madam Ibru———-all went to jail—–As for me I was wondering why Dame Jonathan did not learn from the Fulanis and Yorubas in charge of Nigeria-early enough—————-If she had asked Asare Dokubo why he left Nigeria to establish his University in Republic of Benin– the mumu Niger Deltans—would have understood—him better———–Chief Banigo had his bank–All States Bank seized—Alams the only Ijaw governor to go to prison——————-Dudafa–in jail—Akpobolokeme in jail–chief roberts in jail—–his wife in jail——–Mrs Madueke–properties all seized by the Fulanis-in Abuja——–Chief Robert everyone of his houses is seized in abuja—by the same Fulanis———–Orubebe same–Yes Yesterday Zebulon Abule–had-his bank seized by Abacha and Buhari—–Yet the Niger deltans do not learn from history–That is even after Buhari aided Abacha to hang an Ogoni man–Ken Saro Wiwa—from d SS-Today the man Col Ali who sat in judgement to hang Ken, is the head of Customs—Dambazua was the officer WHO almost shot Jonathan dead–the man who smuggled Yara Adua from Mecca to Abuja- Today Dambazua is a Minister in the government of Buhari——————–Meaning Buhari was part of the deal to make things impossible for Jonathan———The Ijaw Nation are not wanted in Nigeria–period-If Buhari wanted DIALOGUE, he would not be treating Dame Jonathan like an outcast——-That is for Jonathan who handed over peacefully to him——————-see why African leaders hardly ever concede defeat after elections? Because of the likes of Buhari—-and the Apes in APC—who have little or no regard for Niger deltans—– The issue of negotiating with the Freedom Fighters will never happen—until the Ijaws bomb all the oil wells—then celebrate their freedom from Nigeria—————————–without which they will remain slaves—————————-for another 100 years—for the Apes in APC are cursed———————–to be a curse unto Nigeria———————Freedom does not come on a platter of Gold—–It comes with blood tears a lot of sorrows————Animals——