Chris Steven, Abuja
The decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive actions against the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group on Wednesday received as Niger Elders under the aegis of Concerned Niger Delta Leaders (CNDL) have thrown their weight behind him.
While speaking at a press conference held in Abuja, Coordinator of CNDL, Chief Mike Ekayama Loyibo noted that the activities of members of NDA were already sabotaging the efforts of the President in bringing speedy growth and development to the Niger Delta region.
The Niger Delta Leaders however appealed to the Military to take caution in the manner of operations in their efforts to fish out the vandals noting that the last operations at Gbaramatu Kingdom made innocent people to suffer.
He lamented that the Niger Delta leaders have watched with utmost dismay the manner in which Niger Delta Avengers, a group he described as having aimless agenda has been destroying the common heritage and the economy mainstay of the country through the vandalisation of critical government infrastructures and oil installations.
While noting that the agenda of the Militant group remains unclear, Chief Loyibo stressed that their actions were acts of sabotage and criminality, both against the state and humanity.
“It is also a direct threat to the collective existence of us all. The activities of the Niger Delta Avengers also threaten the un-negotiable unity of Nigeria to its very foundation and this must be roundly condemned by all well meaning stakeholders.
We hereby call upon the group to lay down their arms and embrace peace as no meaningful development can be achieved in a crises ridden environment.
We advise that they join other forward looking citizens to appreciate the obstacles we, as a country have overcome and the progress the country has made under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari thus far, to help strengthen the plans the government has in place to put Nigeria back on the path of progress” he said
He also called on the President to provide critical infrastructures that would open up the region stressing that the Maritime University should commence academic session immediately to help in developing critical human capital requirement.