Written by Chuks NZEH

Don’t negotiate with Avengers, ex-militant tells FG

The Commandant General of the Riverine Security otherwise known as the Coast Guard of the Federation, Commander Bibi Oduku, has asked the Federal Government not to negotiate with the Niger Delta Avengers.
He said doing so will amount to weakness on the part of the government as their activities were ill conceived.
Speaking in Abuja, Oduku said that it will be a shame for the government to descend so low to negotiate with the group, noting that the problem of Niger Delta has been solved through the amnesty package of late President Umar Yar’Adua.
He noted that “If Nigeria as a nation and as a great country called the giant of Africa that want to dialogue with avengers. It simply means a shame to Nigeria as a country.
"One, when these young men started on a militant platform, the federal government gave them the opportunity of amnesty. What is the meaning of amnesty? It means they are dropping their arms and it means they will never get involved in any criminal activities.
"If the federal government settles with avengers, tomorrow too other groups will also come up.”
Bibi posited that the best solution was to plant a particular platform that will go against them and hold them responsible for the nefarious activities.
Speaking more on the Riverine Security, Coast Guard of the Federation, Bibi stressed that the concept was hinged on the conviction that the business of securing lives and property is not complete until the local people are involved.
He expressed optimism that security the region will make sense if the communities are totally involved in the protection a good number of oil and gas facilities located in their vicinities which he is doing right now in his security outfit.
He therefore, called for the support of all critical stakeholders in making Riverine Security (Coast Guard of the Federation) a security outfit that will stand out in protecting the region and the facilities therein.


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