Threat Of Attack: What Okowa Wants Militants To Do
Niger Delta militants are threatening to resume attacks on oil facilities in the region, a move capable of forcing the nation's economy back into recession.
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has a message for them.
Delta is one of Nigeria's top oil producing states and most of the militant activities happen in its creeks.
Governor Okowa on Monday appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers that issued the threat not to embark on further attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta.
A statement on Monday by the state government's spokesman, Charles Aniagwu, emphasised that Deltans would lose more if the group made good their latest threat.
"We passionately appeal to the Niger Delta Avengers not to resume hostilities, because Deltans will be the greatest losers. We are barely recovering from the effect of previous attacks and it is our honest appeal that they still give peace a chance by allowing for peaceful engagements with the Federal Government and other stakeholders.
"This appeal for peace remains imperative, because without the atmosphere of peace, no meaningful negotiations and development can take place, adding "resumption of hostilities will not be in the interest of our people but a major set back to the plans and aspirations of the state.
"We have continued to appreciate our brothers in the struggle for their continued patience and cooperation while we engage the Federal Government on ways to attend to the various issues being raised by the group.
"As a state, we have made several interventions to make life more meaningful for oil bearing communities especially in the area of road construction in the creeks and without the enabling peace we cannot progress in that direction." the statement read.