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Group condemns violence by militants in Niger Delta


Uyo  –   A socio-cultural organisation under the aegis of South South Solidarity Forum has condemned recent violence in the Niger Delta by the Niger Delta Avengers.
The National President of the group, Dr Bassey Umoh, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Uyo on Monday.
Umoh said that the destruction of oil pipelines by the militants was not in the best interest of of the region and country.
He noted that the country was losing a lot of revenue from oil exploration due to the activities of the militants.
He appealed to the militants to make their genuine complaints known to the Federal Government and stop violence.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to yield to those who were agitating for full military action in the region, adding that military action was not the best option.
“We condemn the resort to violence by any group, including the militants; we wish to appeal to the president to handle the situation with utmost caution.
“Our position is that a full military action in the Niger Delta region is not in the best interest of this country.
“We urge the president therefore to ignore calls by some unpatriotic elements for a military action in the region as the only option to resolve the problem,” Umoh said.
According to him, those calling for full military actions in the region are unpatriotic, selfish and without the interest of the country at heart.
He called on the president to dialogue with the militants, listen to their agitations and find a lasting solution to their crisis.
He complained that the South South geo-political zone of the country was aggrieved for allegedly being marginalised. (NAN)

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