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Oshiomhole meets Buhari; supports military action against Niger Delta Avengers

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Oshiomhole meets Buhari; supports military action against Niger Delta Avengers

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole on Wednesday threw his weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the crisis engulfing the Niger Delta region.

In recent weeks there have been upsurge in bombing of oil and power pipelines and installations by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

While the government on one hand has deployed troops to the region to forestall further attacks, it is also reaching out for dialogue with the militants to ensure a lasting solution to the crisis.

The government is also making moves to clean up the Ogoniland.

Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari, Oshiomhole noted that the steps being taken by the President is commendable.

While stressing that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable, the governor said the destruction of installations by NDA is scaring away investors to the detriment of the region.

He said: “So if somebody for whatever reasons decide to destroy pipelines and thereby compounding the problem of pollution, ‎the cost of cleaning up that area making it attractive either for fishing, farming or other business is a huge cost. Cost not just naira and kobo, but in terms of time and human lives.

“So it doesn’t bring us closer, I think all of us ought to converge around a common idea and fashion out how we should ensure ‎this natural endowment to be truly a blessing. And that if there are environmental issues arising from certain negligence on the part of certain key players, that as the President has shown for the first time a commitment to clean up Ogoni land and any other area. These are the things we all ought to work together and encourage the President and the federal government to continue to do.

“But to compound those problems by breaking pipelines, stealing crude oil and destroying farmlands and water ways, I don’t see anybody benefiting from that.”

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