Itsekiri Leader, Ayiri Emami Dares N’Delta Avengers, Faults Okowa’s Silent
LAGOS MAY 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Frontline Niger Delta activist and Itsekiri leader, Chief Ayiri Emami dared dreaded Niger Delta Avengers whom he accused of not fighting for the interest of the region.
Speaking with newsmen, Emami said he was ready to work with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to track those behind the attacks on pipelines in the oil rich region.
He said, “We know them, the security agents know them too, they are not ghosts, and we will support President Muhammadu Buhari to bring them out no matter where they hide.”
Emami, a former chairman of the Delta Waterways Security Committee, DWSC, Warri faulted the Delta state government over its silence on the destruction of pipelines by the Niger Delta Avengers.
He also blamed some leaders of the APC in the state for refusing to react to the activities of the terrorist group.
“APC leaders in Delta state should rise up and condemn the activities of these militants, we are not part of them, they should not destroy our state, we are in support of President Buhari’s government. Government should isolate the criminals and deal with them.
“What is going on is not surprising to some of us and I want to say that government security agencies should be more serious about finding the perpetrators. I know that if they were serious, they would have fished them out because they have information on what is happening.
“It is just some few persons that are doing all these things and security agents should not stand and be looking at them and pretending that they do not know them. This matter is beyond what the Delta state government can handle even though it has not demonstrated enough commitment,” he said.
“I want to suggest that President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Security Adviser, Minister of State for Petroleum, the Army, Navy, Air force and Police, the state government and the communities should all wake up on this matter. The communities should identify the militants doing these things because they know them and point them to security agents for arrest.
“I have interacted with people from the area, they are not happy with just some few persons that are bringing bad name to all of them for self-centered reasons and government should stop them, who they are avenging.”
“I can tell you that the name, Niger Delta Avengers, chosen by the criminal elements and economic terrorists bombing oil and gas installations in the state and their demands roundly expose their political, selfish, corrupt and destructive mission.
“They are on their own, the good people of Niger Delta are not with them, we are in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and his government, we want him to transform Niger Delta, what are these masquerading economic saboteurs avenging?
“When positive reforms on going in the oil and gas sector are already yielding dividends, with the coming on stream of the nation’s refineries, as well as other infrastructures in the sector hitherto abandoned.
“Every responsible Niger Deltans is ready to render needed support to the government to track down these selfish criminal elements to enable the Buhari administration achieve its desired goals in the South-South, especially the realization of mega people –centred projects.
“We are interested in the completion of the Lagos- Calabar Rail Project in the just signed 2016 budget, the EPZ project in Escravos, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State and other worthy projects, not bombing of pipelines. That image of Niger Delta does not represent us, it is the selfish desire of few criminal elements”, Emami added.