Em­brace peace; ACF, Hon Oko­rie tell Niger Delta Avengers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese (Kaduna) & Nabob Og­bonna (Abaka­liki)

The Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF) has called on the Niger Delta Avengers and all mil­i­tant groups to em­brace the of­fer of di­a­logue by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

The fo­rum in a Sallah mes­sage signed by its na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Muham­mad Ibrahim, said in the spirit of Eid-el-Fitr cel­e­bra­tion the Niger Delta Avengers should cease its de­struc­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.ý

“De­stroy­ing oil pipe­lines and pol­lut­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is not a so­lu­tion to what­ever per­ceived griev­ances,” the fo­rum stated.

Tak­ing a sim­i­lar view, the Chair­man, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Com­mit­tee on Agri­cul­tural Col­leges and In­sti­tu­tions, Rep Li­nus Oko­rie, pleaded with the Niger Delta Avengers, the Boko Haram sect and other in­sur­gent groups to use the peace mes­sage of the Eid el-fitr to cease fire and re­turn the coun­try to a state of calm.

Oko­rie, in his Eid el-fitr mes­sage, said Nige­ria had been tor­mented for years by dif­fer­ent mili­tia groups, and urged the hos­tile groups to sub­mit to di­a­logue.

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