The recent threat by some militant groups to resume bombing of oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta region over alleged delay by the Federal Government to fulfil its promises to the oil-rich region has been described as counter-productive.
In a statement issued last Friday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, a youth group, the Niger Delta Youth Coalition (NDYC) cautioned those behind the treat not to consider hostility as a viable option in resolving the injustice in the region.
The statement which was signed by the National Co-ordinator of the group, Prince Emmanuel Ogba, appealed to the militants to give enough time for the Federal Government to implement its development programmes.
“The Federal Government’s team led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has toured the region, accepted that past administrations were unfair and unjust to the people of the region.
“The group has equally promised some strategies to remedy the situation and one of the options is the modular refinery initiative. It’s good to give the government some reasonable time”, it said.
The statement reminded those militants behind the threat of the dangerous impact of their actions to the environment, noting that the pollutions and other negative impacts of pipeline bombing will affect more of Niger Delta people.
“We wish to appeal to those behind this threat to jettison it and remain part of the peaceful negotiation. We hope that the Federal Government will make a change this time”, it said.
It stated that for the past few months that peace returned to the region, it has been better for the environment as well as the economy of the country.
The statement, however, urged the Federal Government to speed up the process and remarked that the people were eager to see the promises of the government being implemented.