Niger Delta youths Condemn decision by Avengers to resume hostilities

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Ijaw youths from the nine states of the Niger Delta have condemned the renewed call for hostilities by the Niger Delta Avengers, saying there was no basis for such, according to a report by Punch.
Speaking under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum,‎ the youths advised the Avengers to rather redirect their energy, love and zeal for the region on development-based issues.
In a communique after a stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday, signed by the National President, PANDLEAF, Richard Akinaka, the Secretary, Ubok-Obong Umoh, and the spokesman, Success Jack, told the Avengers that the time for armed struggle was over.
PANDLEAF said, ”We strongly believe that the time for armed struggle is over. Life is in phases and so should our struggles be. We must be able to advance our agitations beyond that to the high grounds of intellectual and constructive engagement.
 
“In the alternative, we advocate a collective engagement of all stake holders at a round-table, to forge common positions and fronts for further engagements with the Federal Government.
 
“Finally, we call on all young people in the Niger Delta to participate fully in the political process and not follow political leaders blindly, owing to sheer ethnic chauvinistic sentiments or primordial and vassal political affiliation while advocating for sincerity and commitment on the part of the Federal Government.”
The group also rejected the alleged move by the Federal Government to extend the tenure of the present board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, saying it was a conventional aberration, insensitive, inciting and capable of breaching the peace currently enjoyed in the region.
PANDLEAF, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to dissolve the current board and reconstitute a new one with respect to rotational consideration at the expiration of current tenure of the NDDC board in December.
The group declared that the youth would fiercely and firmly resist the elongation, if not reversed. PANDLEAF said, “We condemn in totality the unhealthy political rivalry between political leaders in our states; it has reached alarming and embarrassing levels which has adversely affected us as a region.
 
”We urge them to redirect this energy and focus to form synergies in advancing a common regional political, economic and social agenda.
 
”They should not forget in a hurry that their actions and inactions today, form the legacies for which posterity would remember them.
 
“We also call on state governments and federal intervention agencies to take all necessary measures aimed at improving the lives of our people with regard to projects especially on matters incidental to road infrastructures.”

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