Clark asks Niger Delta Avengers to maintain peace following talks with FG

FG committed to the Niger Delta New Vision – Boroh

Ijaw Elder Statesman Chief Edwin Clark has asked the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) to maintain the peace, while the dialogue with the Federal Government continues.

In a statement from the Presidential Amnesty Programme office, Clark made the appeal when a delegation of the Federal Government led by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd) visited him on Sunday.

According to the statement, Chief Clark was reacting to a statement by the NDA threatening the resumption of hostilities in the Niger Delta including the vandalism of oil facilities.

He said: “We are appealing to the Niger Delta Avengers not to resume hostilities. They are our children and they mandated us to negotiate with the Federal Government on their behalf. They have to be patient and give us time to do so successfully. Any resumption of hostilities will not be in the interest of our people. This is not the time to resume hostilities. It is true that the Federal Government has not been quite serious about the negotiations, but we are asking the Niger Delta Avengers to maintain the peace. We have pleaded with them and we are sending a delegation to meet with them”

Clark said that a major grouse of the Avengers was the disruption of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) meeting in Port Harcourt. He said with the explanation by Boroh, there are assurances that the dialogue is back on track. He announced that the PANDEF, which he (Clark) leads, will be meeting in Warri soon.

He commended Boroh for doing a good job in his role as Adviser to the President and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. “You are like the bridge between us and the Federal Government and we are willing to give you all the support you need,” Chief Clark told General Boroh.

Boroh had earlier explained to Chief Clark that the disruption of the PANDEF meeting was due to communication gap and assured that the Federal Government has a lot of respect for PANDEF which it regards as a major partner in the resolution of the Niger Delta challenge, the maintenance of peace and development in the Region. The Federal Government, Boroh said, remains committed to the New Vision for the Niger Delta, which will provide massive jobs opportunities for the youths and help fast-track the region’s development.