Sylvester Idowu in Warri
A prominent Ijaw activist, Mr. Joseph Ambakederemo, on Monday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against any negotiations with members of the Niger Delta Avengers or any group bombing oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.
He noted that militant groups masquerading as agitators for the underdevelopment of the region should be treated as criminals in line with the laws of the country.
Mr. Ambakederemo, who spoke to journalists in Warri to mark his 55th birthday, insisted that the constitution spelt out those legitimately allowed to bear arms, notably the military and paramilitary, stressing that others should be dealt with as criminals.
“I don’t want to mention the name; its sickening when they mention that name in my presence. They are just criminals and should be treated as such”, he said apparently referring to the dreaded Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
The activist noted that it was high time the people started asking their leaders how they managed the resources in their care for the development of their areas instead of blaming the Federal Government.
He wondered what the Governors in the Niger Delta States and all the intervention agencies established for the development of the region did with all the Federal allocations that accrued to the area.
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