Kachikwu condemns Niger Delta Avengers’ renewed attacks

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has expressed government’s disappointment at the spate of attacks on Forcados export pipeline by armed militant groups despite the ongoing dialogue with leaders of the region.

The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, the militant group that has claimed responsibility for most attacks on oil facilities in the region in recent times, said it carried out another attack on the Forcados Export Pipeline in Delta State on Tuesday night.

The attack was the third on the facility since Niger Delta leaders met with President Muhammadu Buhari on November 1 in Abuja to find lasting solutions to the crisis in the region.

The NDA had said it attacked the facility “to further stress that we don’t appreciate the repairs of blown pipelines” in the Niger Delta region.

But, Mr. Kachikwu, who expressed “grave concern and disappointment” about the attacks, urged the perpetrators to give peace a chance, as consultations were ongoing to provide solutions to the crisis in the region.

Mr. Kachikwu said he was “saddened that despite months of intensive personal and collective efforts to engage all stakeholders and despite the recent success in convening a meeting with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to begin exploring the opportunities for deepening the dialogue, that these attacks have continued.”

He condemned the attacks, pointing out that the path to providing lasting solutions for the Niger Delta challenges remained dialogue.

He appealed to all interested stakeholders in the Niger Delta to embrace peace and dialogue and shun acts that would create difficulties for the country, impoverish and worsen the ecological problems of the region.

Urging all militant groups to stop and give the ensuing dialogue a chance to birth peace in the region, Mr. Kachikwu appealed to leaders in and outside Niger Delta to join hands with the government to find a lasting solution to this problem.


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  • Hamza

    Too bad. When you trust drunk bloody criminals as your freedom fighters that’s what you get. You lose control of them at the time you need them. The militants should never have had the support of the elders. But everyone from the region openly supported them. Just purely out of sentiments. Ethnic and regional sentiments. Now they don’t listen to their elders. Too bad.

    • larry

      Simple directive. Do not carry out repairs until agreement is reached. When oil starts flowing, the Parasitic Bahari North could care less of negotiation. The freedom fighters did the right thing.

      • Hamza

        And who the hell are the criminal militants! You must be one of them. How can a criminal give orders to the authority? This is not a weak govt that will accept blackmail. No criminal militant will hold the country to ransom. Who born them!!! The repairs continue. By the time Clark and co disown them they will receive their dose of aerial bombardments.

    • IZON Redeemer

      Why did the Boko haram Fulani fighters refuse to listen to the voice of their Fulani elders from Mali and Sokoto—-monkey—-?
      ————–Aware the primary aim of the Buhari-led government is to resolve militancy for the sole aim of bringing back crude oil production to 2.2 million barrels a day. The same old method of deceiving the people with dangling carrots, that never land on the ground.

      The urgency of the federal government to reduce militancy by 90% and ram up crude oil production to 2.8 million barrels a day is laudable, but the lack of a corresponding policy that addresses the needs of the region is worrisome.

      The people of the Niger Delta and indeed all Nigerians must not forget that the entire enterprise of government at all levels in Nigeria is funded by more than 80% from the resources of the region. As new regional development commissions are launched in the North, and a plan to throw the country into further debt of $30 billion are put into motion, we must all remember that the funding for these come from the Niger Delta.We the people of the Niger Delta region will not accept anything less than OWNERSHIP, RESTRUCTURING, and REFERENDUM on the question of SELF DETERMINATION. Our call for justice and equity is not about individuals or political parties, it is about all our peoples and the future of our generations to come.

  • sammyctu ode

    Mr. Minister you might be from ND but you are black Oyibo who have spent most of your working life with Mobile Oil outside the Nigeria. These people are criminals and terrorists not freedom fighters for the ND people. Out of all the trillions they have been given how much did all these terrorists have shared with the people of that zone? The answer is ZERO! PMB is treating these criminals with levity. We are not asking Mr. President to give the zone the Odi treatment but to be more forceful with all our military might to deal with criminals like tompolo who thinks he is above the law. Devastating the environment is not the solution by these criminals. The question is where did they get the money to buy these sophisticated arms, who’s their sponsors and how were they able to import them into Nigeria. Over to you DSS please. Kachikwu please stop being naive and advice Mr. President well.

    • jon

      Why are you so concerned about the God given resources in our back yard. We are not concerned about the goats, hen, sheep, cattle, ground pyramid, millet in you Northern back yard. Back off from our back yard – you parasites that cannot survive without the South. Back off – man.

  • Otile

    All these double-talk known as peace talk with Imam Buhari and his henchmen concerning crude oil have not brought a single relief to Avengers or the people of Niger Delta in any way. The money Buhari has been borrowing is going to North East and North West. All we get from him is nothing but promises.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Aware the primary aim of the Buhari-led government is to resolve militancy for the sole aim of bringing back crude oil production to 2.2 million barrels a day. The same old method of deceiving the people with dangling carrots, that never land on the ground.

    The urgency of the federal government to reduce militancy by 90% and ram up crude oil production to 2.8 million barrels a day is laudable, but the lack of a corresponding policy that addresses the needs of the region is worrisome.

    The people of the Niger Delta and indeed all Nigerians must not forget that the entire enterprise of government at all levels in Nigeria is funded by more than 80% from the resources of the region. As new regional development commissions are launched in the North, and a plan to throw the country into further debt of $30 billion are put into motion, we must all remember that the funding for these come from the Niger Delta.We the people of the Niger Delta region will not accept anything less than OWNERSHIP, RESTRUCTURING, and REFERENDUM on the question of SELF DETERMINATION. Our call for justice and equity is not about individuals or political parties, it is about all our peoples and the future of our generations to come.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Mumu Senior Fualni ati Yoruba House Boy