Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State yesterday told militants bombing vital oil and gas assets in the Niger Delta that they cannot intimidate Nigeria with their actions.
This is just as he insisted that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, in spite of the challenges.
“Our political frustrations cannot be an excuse to sponsor people to sabotage the economy, breaking pipelines and resorting to carrying arms to intimidate the state. The Nigerian state cannot be intimidated”, he said.
Niger Delta militants led by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have since early 2016, been engaged in acts of economic sabotage against the Nigerian state and in spite of a plea by government to come to the negotiation table, they have remained bent on grinding crude oil production to a halt.
Speaking during the Independence Day celebration at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, Gov. Oshiomhole stressed that no amount of acts of sabotage will lead to the negotiation of the nation’s unity, as no nation in the world is perfect.
“I am one of those who believe and I am not reluctant to say that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. The unity of Nigeria cannot be re-negotiated. It is not whether it is perfect or not perfect. I know of no nation that is perfect, and our elite must rethink; if things go wrong as Karl Marx taught us, the masses will have nothing to lose. The political elite will have everything to lose. All of us must put the national interest over and above personal interests”, he said.
Mr. Oshiomhole, whose tenure as governor of Edo comes to an end next month, also called on Nigerians to stand by President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to rebuild the country.