The South-East Caucus of the All Progressives Congress has appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers not to punish the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration for the sins of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The spokesperson for the caucus, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said this in Abuja on Monday.
He appealed to the group to sheathe their swords and give President Buhari more time to look into their demands.
According to him, the caucus was making the appeal in the light of the laudable projects such as Clean-Up of Ogoniland, completion of East-West Road and Calabar-Lagos Railways, President Buhari had lined up for the Niger Delta.
Okechukwu said, “The escalation of bombings of the Niger Delta region is an ill-wind which blows no one good; not the least the good people of Niger Delta whom the Avengers claim to avenge their age-long ills.
“Otherwise, may we honestly ask the Niger Delta Avengers, where they were, when our dear former President, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, from May 6, 2010 to May 29, 2015 presided over Nigeria?
“In other words, were the Niger Delta Avengers in deep slumber when Jonathan for good five years failed to clean-up the Niger Delta, failed to complete the East-West Road, failed to review oil blocks, failed to amend the constitution to their taste, and failed to build the three greenfield refineries which he awarded?
“In actual fact, if there is anything to avenge, or anybody to blame, the barb should be directed at ex-President Jonathan and his cohorts who criminally neglected the Niger Delta and by extension Nigeria via unconscionable planlessness and squandermania.”
The caucus said no sane Nigerian would pray for the reoccurrence of the ugly incident of Odi in 1999, Zaki Ibiam in 2000 and Gbaramatu in 2009; unwarranted ugly scenario which the Niger Delta Avengers were consciously simulating.
“It is our candid view that bombing of Forcados pipeline, Bonga Oil field, Chevron trunk lines and other oil and gas installations will neither facilitate the implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report, funding of the Amnesty Programme, nor the clean-up of the Niger Delta region,” he added.
Okechukwu further appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers to think deeply and graciously allow peace to reign; for our collective national interest and indeed to save the Niger Delta from ruins.