The South-East Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged militants in the Niger Delta not to punish President Muhammadu Buhari for the sins of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.
The call was made by caucus spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu in Abuja on Monday, May 9, 2016.
“The escalation of bombings of the Niger Delta region is an ill-wind which blows no one good; not the least the good people of Niger Delta whom the Avengers claim to avenge their age-long ills,” he said.
“Otherwise, may we honestly ask the Niger Delta Avengers, where they were, when our dear former President, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, from May 6, 2010 to May 29, 2015 presided over Nigeria?
“In other words, were the Niger Delta Avengers in deep slumber when Jonathan for good five years failed to clean-up the Niger Delta, failed to complete the East-West Road, failed to review oil blocks, failed to amend the constitution to their taste, and failed to build the three greenfield refineries which he awarded?
“In actual fact, if there is anything to avenge, or anybody to blame, the barb should be directed at ex-President Jonathan and his cohorts who criminally neglected the Niger Delta and by extension Nigeria via unconscionable planlessness and squandermania.”
“It is our candid view that bombing of Forcados pipeline, Bonga Oil field, Chevron trunk lines and other oil and gas installations will neither facilitate the implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report, funding of the Amnesty Programme, nor the clean-up of the Niger Delta region,” he added.
Okechukwu also urged the Niger Delta Avengers to allow peace to reign for the sake of national interest.