The Senator representing the good people of Delta Central – Urhobo Land Sen. Barr. Ovie OmoAgege has made his stand known on the recent attack of pipelines in the Niger Delta region, Urhobo axis. The Senator has this to say:
1.0. My attention has been drawn to an attack yesterday, August 30, 2016, on a major oil delivery line operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) at Ogor-Oteri in Urhoboland. As reported, persons under the aegis of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) have claimed responsibility for the attack. From the reports, NDGJM is displeased with recent negotiations with the Federal Government through Ijaw Nation leader Chief Edwin Clark and has threatened more attacks. The assumption is that the NDGJM is of Urhobo origin since the attack and threatened attacks are within the Urhobo Nation.
2.0. First, I wish to strongly advise and appeal to the NDGJM to stop further attacks on the nation’s oil and gas assets everywhere, especially in Urhoboland forthwith. Violence hardly solves human problems in sustainable ways. No matter the tensions or provocations, the Urhobo Nation has always found ways to guarantee the peaceful environment necessary for a stable operation of the oil and gas industry in Urhoboland. The true strengths of our vibrant youths are best measured by their non-violent resolution of the most difficult challenges confronting our people. That has to continue; not violence.
3.0. In order to maintain our peaceful nature and achieve our desired results, let me assure any aggrieved group of persons in Urhoboland that as their Senator I am ready to channel all their concerns directly to His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari. Where it is absolutely necessary that we work with our neighbors and friends from other ethnic nationalities, we will do so in the spirit of oneness and mutual cooperation. But be assured that your voices will be heard clearly and concerns respectfully attended to.
4.0. As one who engages with Mr. President, I know he means well for our people. He deserves our best support and cooperation. I have Mr. President’s firm personal commitment to ameliorate the harsh conditions imposed on our people by years of neglect despite our huge contributions to peace and stability in the Niger Delta region and our Nation’s revenue profile.
5.0. Like other ethnic groups in the Niger Delta, Urhobo’s strategic interests are unique. They cannot be realized under a common canopy of ‘vengeance’. Having been deliberately neglected and marginalized in political and economic empowerment in the recent past, we cannot accept an invitation to unleash violent vengeance against a government that prioritizes our interests and listens to us. We cannot make such a mistake
6.0. We shall be convoking a broad stakeholder’s conference shortly to aggregate our people’s concerns for Mr. President’s action. More than ever before, let us embrace peace.