PANDEF con­demns quit no­tice against north­ern­ers, Yorubas in N/Delta

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The Pan Niger Delta Fo­rum (PANDEF) has con­demned re­ports cred­ited to the so-called Coali­tion of Niger Delta Agi­ta­tors’ of its plan to at­tack oil fa­cil­i­ties.

The PANDEF’s con­dem­na­tion came in a state­ment by its Co­or­di­nat­ing Sec­re­tary, Dr Al­fred Mu­lade yes­ter­day in Warri.

He said there was no ba­sis for the threat by the face­less group adding that the state­ment was most ir­re­spon­si­ble, and should be dis­coun­te­nanced.

Ac­cord­ing to Mu­lade, PANDEF met re­cently with the Act­ing Pres­i­dent, Yemi Os­in­bajo on a num­ber of prob­lems be­dev­illing the Niger Delta re­gion.

He won­dered why some el­e­ments would want to trun­cate good ef­forts made so far by the fo­rum for the at­tain­ment of peace and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the oil-rich re­gion.

He said the Fo­rum had sched­uled a meet­ing with “rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in the next few days to dis­cuss the var­i­ous agree­ments reached with the act­ing pres­i­dent.

“PANDEF con­demns a me­dia re­port cred­ited to cer­tain face­less Coali­tion of Niger Delta Agi­ta­tors planned at­tacks of oil fa­cil­i­ties by Septem­ber 10, and ask­ing North­ern­ers and Yorubas to quit the Niger Delta Re­gion be­fore Oc­to­ber 1, 2017.

“This call is com­ing at a time when PANDEF lead­er­ship and stake­hold­ers had a very use­ful meet­ing with Act­ing Pres­i­dent Os­in­bajo few days ago at the In­ter-Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee on the Niger Delta.

“In­deed, this group should know that there is no ba­sis for this kind of ac­tion; it is most ir­re­spon­si­ble, and should be dis­coun­te­nanced.

“PANDEF there­fore wishes to ad­vise all law abid­ing per­sons from any sec­tion of the coun­try, ir­re­spec­tive of tribe or po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, to re­main calm, and go about their law­ful en­deav­ours,” Mu­lade said.

He urged the Niger Delta peo­ple to re­main calm, pa­tient and pa­tri­otic. (NAN)

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