Sunday, 22 May 2016

Niger Delta Avengers: Stop Bombing Oil Installation - Ohanaeze Begs

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisa­tion, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has pleaded with the militant group, Niger Delta Aveng­ers which claimed respon­sibility for the resumed bombings of pipelines in the Niger Delta region, to have a rethink in the inter­est of national peace.

The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), in a press release by its National Presi­dent, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, asked militants in the region to rather probe into the real owners of oil blocs in the region instead of blowing up pipe lines, an action he said, “serves no­body’s interests”.

According to OYC, the activities of the militants are beginning to have negative impact on Nigeria’s econo­my, as well as exposing the region to higher risks.

The release read in part: “The Ohanaeze Youth Council calls on the Niger Delta Avengers to halt the present hostilities in Niger Delta as it is affecting the economy of the country and the Niger Delta too.

“The region is under several empowerment mea­sures by the federal gov­ernment such as NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta, Amnesty programme etc and these programmes will be under threat by these bombings.
“The Avengers can ask questions on who owns the oil blocs and fields in the Niger Delta. That is what people expect them to in­sist on finding out and not bombing oil installations.”

On the fuel price hike, OYC called for restraint from all the parties while urging the federal govern­ment to consider the pains the masses have been sub­jected to.

“Government should re­alise that Nigerians are pass­ing through a very difficult period”, OYC said, adding that “this is not the time for more hardships while the looters of our common­wealth are enjoying it with reckless abandon”, it said. He noted that those who have been enjoying oil sub­sidy payments in the past “should be made to bear the brunt and not suffering Nigerians. Nigerians are not supposed to pay through the nose to enjoy what God naturally endowed them with”.

OYC also said its score card of the performances of all governors and political leaders of all Igbo-speaking states would be released on the eve of the May 29 de­mocracy day.

The assessment, accord­ing to the release, “will cover their performances in the areas of health , education, youth empowernment and rural development as well as infrastructural develop­ment”.
OYC also mourned the death of Mrs Ifeoma Nwo­kocha, the wife of its late pioneer National President, Hon Nnamdi Nwokocha (Carmel).