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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Niger Delta Avengers List Conditions for Truce

The Niger Delta Avengers yesterday listed new conditions for the proposed dialogue with the federal government.

The decision by the Niger Delta Avenger is coming few days after the group disowned the claims by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) on the setting up of a seven-man negotiating team, named Aaron “B” team.

The Avengers yesterday declared that though the group had no demands to be presented to the federal government, it expects a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere as ingredients that would make it commit to any peace talks.

A statement by the group, which was issued via email and signed  by Brig. Gen Mudoch‎, stated that  there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue.

“We only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and lasting peace talk.

“We want the federal government to commit member states of the multi-national oil corporations to commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue; we believe that it is only such environment that will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a framework for achieving the short, medium and long-term demands of the Niger Delta, to de-escalate this conflict and bring about a lasting peace.

“The NDA high command is restating our commitment to attack the interest of oil corporations and international refineries’ operators that bring in vessels to the Niger Delta territory to buy our oil that every successive government has refused to use and reapply the proceeds towards any development in the region since 1958.

“If they refuse to heed our advice, we will resort to sinking two of their mother vessels as an example to others. They should not undertake any repair of a pipeline, oil and gas facilities that are damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of “Operation Red Economy” until and/or after the dialogue.”

The Avengers also flayed social media agitations “being peddled around by some politicians to promote their criminal ways in affairs of the Niger Delta,” adding that it’s struggled for the region’s emancipation would not be thwarted by selfish politicians,  traditional rulers, ex-agitators and criminals who moved about to fill their pockets.

It added: “The issues of the Niger Delta are as old and as new as the days of Pa Dappa Biriye, Major Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro, to Ken Saro Wiwa and the government of President Musa Yar’Adua.”

The group further warned the government of President Muhammad Buhari not to turn the dialogue into a “political jamboree that is prevailing now where all manner of social media agitators and criminals have been sponsored by the job-seeking corrupt political class to save faces before the government of the day.

“Finally, if need be, we may review our earlier stance of not taking lives. We are going to redirect and reactivate all our activities if the government, oil companies and their service firms don’t heed these modest warnings of not carrying out any repair works  and suspending the buying of crude oil from our region as we await the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue.”

We’ll explore every means of negotiation – Ibe Kachikwu

The federal government yesterday said it had not closed the avenue for negotiation with the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers.

The minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, who stated this at the South-South Town Hall Meeting held at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, asserted that it would explore every available opportunity for negotiation so that the NDA can stop the bombing of oil pipelines and platforms.

Kachikwu stated that there was nowhere in the world where conflicts have been resolved through a battle, explaining that his mandate as the minister of state for petroleum, was to protect oil production and to generate more revenue to the government.

He explained that, on the part of the federal government, negotiating with the militant group was not a sign of weakness but stressed that using massive military force would not solve the existing problem.

“There is no theatre in the world where conflicts have been resolved through battle. It doesn’t matter who is right and who is wrong. I have too many objectives in this portfolio; one is to present production and generate the revenue because if we don’t, all the things we are talking about here are just a joke.

“I believe that massively bombing a territory is not going to articulate solution. It has never worked because at the end of the day you will live with the effects of that destruction. That is probably what has caused most of the problems in the world today.

“This is not issue of weakness. We will explore every avenue for negotiation. The military strength of this country is not in doubt. I think if anybody doubted it, you will see what has happened to Boko Haram.

“But we will first discuss. We will first negotiate, but if doesn’t work we will now know what to do. But I have not seen evidence that the avenues for negotiations have closed. We are making a dramatic progress and I will like to push those frontiers,” he said.

On the discrepancy in the allocation of oil blocks raised by some natives of the Niger Delta, Kachikwu said President Muhammadu Buhari had not allocated any oil blocks since he came on board.

He, however, assured the Niger Delta people that at the appropriate time, due process would be followed in the allocation of oil blocs so that it would be beneficial to the people of South-South region.

“On the issue of oil blocks, when the time comes it will follow due process. I am one of those who believe that there is a need for us to see how the South-South corridors will benefit from the oil blocks because that is part of giving back. It will bring the final solution to this area. Those who have skills and finances to develop will be allowed to develop it.”

He also said due to the relative peace being enjoyed in Akwa Ibom, the federal government has approved investment portfolios of over $7billion in the petroleum sector to the state.

“Let me say that some of the biggest investments coming in the petroleum sector are in fact coming to Akwa Ibom State. Right now we are finalising the IPP project with Mobil which will produce 500megawatts of power.

“A major investment is also coming, working with NNPC, to develop some facilities including an ethanol plant. A total investment value of this investment is over $7billion. It has been approved by the President. There are major investments coming your way as a result of the peace that we enjoy here,” the minister stated.

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