Pipeline Bombings: Group Urges Buhari To Appoint Jonathan Special Envoy To Niger Delta

GEJ-PMBA socio-political group, Assembly of Concerned Niger Delta People, has called on President Muhammaudu Buhari to appoint his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as special envoy to Niger Delta.
The group made the call in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Eperemor Governor, on Thursday in Benin, Edo State.
According to the ACNDP, the appointment of Mr. Jonathan, an Ijaw from Bayelsa State, will help reduce tension in the Niger Delta occasioned by the resumption of hostilities by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which has been responsible for the blowing-up of oil installations in the region.
In proposing the appointment of the former president as a special envoy, the group said as an indigene of the Niger Delta and former Bayelsa State Governor, Jonathan would help to bridge the gap between the region and the Federal Government.
Mr. Governor, however, condemned the spate of pipeline bombings by the Avengers, adding that their actions were not only affecting the nation economically, it is causing environmental degradation.
He reminded the NDA that while the country was suffering the effect of their activities, the environment of the region they claimed to represent, was also being destroyed in the process.
The national coordinator of the ACNDP, therefore, urged members of the militant group to channel their grievances to appropriate authorities rather than destroying the country`s commonwealth.