Ijaw Youths Condemn Renewed Attacks By N’Delta Avengers

UDENGS ERADIRI-ERIC OMARE-IYCIjaw youths have condemned the renewed destruction of oil and gas facilities by the Niger Delta Avengers, describing the development as unfortunate and worrisome.

The youths, who spoke under the aegis of Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, on Sunday, said the attacks were a setback to ongoing peace talks between the federal government and representatives of people of the Niger Delta.

The Niger Delta Avengers in an online statement yesterday claimed to have blown up two oil wells operated by Chevron near Abiteye flow station, Delta.

The militant group, which launched “Operation Red Economy” aimed at bringing Nigeria’s crude oil production to zero in February, 2016 also claimed to have blown up a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Crude Oil Trunk Line to Warri Refinery and two NPDC major crude trunk lines close to Batan flowstation in Delta state on Friday and Saturday respectively.

SEE: Niger Delta Avengers Blasts NNPC, Chevron And NPDC Facilities

Reacting to the renewed campaign of bombings by the Avengers, the IYC, in a statement issued by Eric Omare, its spokesperson called on the militant group to halt attacks on oil installations to pave way for meaningful dialogue.

“It is unfortunate and worrisome that there is a resumption of fresh attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by the Niger Delta Avengers.

“The visit of the Minister for State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s to the creeks some weeks ago generated so much goodwill and commendation from the people of the region.

“The IYC had expected the federal government to take advantage of that goodwill to engage stakeholders on how to find short and long term solutions to the problem.

“IYC also call on the Niger Delta Avengers to halt further attacks on facilities considering the negative effects of the attacks on the Niger Delta environment and give room for constructive dialogue”, Mr. Omare said.

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  • This stigmatization of Buhari is very unfortunate. Before the elections, his opponents painted him a religious fanatic. But boko haram, Shiites, and northern muslim leaders facing EFCC trials know better. And the people know that his war on anti-corruption or knows no religious, ethnic or class colouration. Then comes a rehash of the prominent positions held by Muslims in Nigeria. It is mischievious to cast aspersion of bias on Buhari. It amounts to the typical Nigerian game of chasing needless shadows rather than focusing on the ardous task of nation-building. Until recently, so-called Christians (by their fruits you will know them) held commanding heights of the economic governance of Nigeria. – The Presidency, Headship of National Assembly, Secretary of Government of the Federation, Head of Service, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank, the NNPC, the Stock Exchange etc were headed by so-called Christians. Tragically they reprobately superintended the profligate looting of our commonwealth. The lone voice of courageous warning belonged to a certified Muslim , Sule Lamido, who was hounded for his courage to expose the cult of looters comprising so-called Christians. Nigeria has a federal cabinet of 18 Christians and 18 Muslims. The President transmits power to the Vice-President whenever he is travelling. In the Legislature, only 3 of the 10 Principal members of the Senate are Muslims. The House of Representatives is headed by a Christian. There are more Christians than Muslims in the Nigerian Senate. In the Judiciary, Buhari has not made a single appointment since he assumed office.

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