Don’t Attack Oil Facilities, Dialogue Is The Only Way Forward, Delta State Deputy Governor Pleads With Militants
The Deputy governor of Delta State and chairman Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Oil Facility Vandalism, DSACAOFV, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, has pleaded with Niger Delta militants against resuming attacks on oil installations in the region.
Otuaro said dialogue remained the only way forward towards resolving the Niger Delta crisis.
A new group, known as Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, had on Monday joined the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, who had recently declared its intention to resume attacks on oil installations in the oil-rich region.
Deacon Otuaro, who spoke to Vanguard at Asaba, Tuesday, said: “The dialogue option has not been exhausted, so there is no need for militants to bomb critical national oil assets as a way of expressing their grievances.”
“The Delta State Advocacy Committee is still working has been working behind the scene to ensure that peace reigns in the region and we are certain that the Federal Government is committed to the dialogue process,” he said.
The deputy governor, who hails from Gbaramatu Kingdom, the heartbeat of the current agitation, asserted: “There is really need for the militants and all stakeholders in the Niger Delta to exercise patience, as the federal government is determinedly appraising the issues with a view to addressing the problems holistically.
“During the visit of the Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Oil Facility Vandalism to the oil communities in the state, May, last year, we held far-reaching consultations with the people and federal government, and I know that the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who is leading the federal delegation to the region soon, will deepen the process.” -DP