The Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday condemned the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, urging the federal government not to succumb to its blackmail.
The governor told State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari that the country deserved respect from all its constituents.
The governor asked political elite in the country to help in promoting and strengthening the bridge of unity in the country, particularly at this difficult time.
“I don’t think the state should submit to blackmail from any quarters. For me, I think the state should be respected. I believe in Nigeria, no part can do without the other. I believe our unity is not negotiable.
“I believe the responsibility of the political elite is to strengthen the bridge of unity; to discourage preaching hatred; discourage amplifying weak points, and work to strengthen those points. I salute our armed forces for what they are doing, and the confidence they have brought back to our security,’’ the governor said.
President Buhari, Mr. Oshiomhole pointed out, deserved the support of every Nigerian, saying no part of the country can be better off without the other.
According to him, the sooner we accept this reality, the better it would be for all Nigerians, adding that the days of ethnic champions and imaginary divides would not help anyone.
The governor said the president had shown leadership and determination to keep the country going, adding “for once, we are enjoying respect in world capitals, in different continents’’. Premium Times.
Opinion: Glad that the South South/Niger Delta leaders are speaking out against the Niger Delta Militants. Again any grievances should be channeled through their Governors and leaders.
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