Leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Edwin Clark, thundered Friday at Niger Delta militants that “contemptibly” resumed fresh hostilities in the region despite moves by leaders of the region to broker peace with the Federal Government, describing them as “enemies of the people and criminals”.
Irked by the renewed destruction of oil facilities, especially after the November 1 meeting of his group and President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Clark, who spoke in Warri, Delta state, said those still bombing pipelines were misguided and tools in the hands of selfish politicians and contractors.
The former Federal Commissioner for Information said the affected militant groups were wide off the mark, “be they Niger Delta Avengers or otherwise”.
“To vent anger on government can never receive the blessings of PANDEF, we cannot continue to cut our noses to spite our faces,” he said.
He appealed to the Federal Government not to be distracted by the militants, urging President Buhari to “go on acting on the requests we made on the 1st of November. We will deal with this situation. We will not sit down at home with arms folded and allow some few individuals to destroy our destiny.”
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