Ex-militant Leader Warns FG Not To Dialogue With Niger Delta Avengers
The federal government has been advised not to dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers to prevent upsurge of such groups.
National President, National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A Israel Akpodoro gave the advice yesterday, in Abuja.
He warned that any attempt to dialogue with the militants would give rise to more troublesome groups.
Akpodoro said the new militant groups, including the Egbesu Water Lions, had engaged in renewed hostilities among which were attacks on the nation’s oil pipelines.
He carpeted Ijaw elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark for advising President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with the new militants for dialogue.
Clark, according to Akpodoro, should make it a responsibility to persuade the militants to sheath their sword and embrace peace.
He added that the statesman should justify his advice by producing ?Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a. Tompolo, who had been summoned severally by the federal government.
The ex-militant alleged ?that new agitators were drawn from the league of ex-militants on the payroll of the amnesty programme.
He questioned how long the federal government will continue to declare amnesty in the region, amidst prevailing economic situation.
“?The neo militant groups were directly under the command of accused Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo so those calling for dialogue should produce him to the FG before having the moral rectitude to call for dialogue.
“Acting like father to economic saboteurs and forming protective ring around criminals in the region won’t do us any good at this critical period of our nationhood.
“Hiding under the cloak of dialogue to part criminals on the back by giving them amnesty is a dubious thing to ask for.
How many times have youth in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Imo States blown up pipelines to stampede federal government into granting them amnesty?”
Akpodoro described the attackers of oil pipelines as demagogues and evil doers out to foment trouble to stampede the federal government into paying them amnesty.