Monday, August 8, 2016

I’ve no link with Avengers – Gov Akpabio

Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio has denied being the sponsor of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) or any other militant group.
An online publication had reported that a splinter group, the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) had claimed Senator Akpabio and other eminent Nigerians were their sponsors.
However, the former Akwa Ibom State governor described the publication as “baseless, reckless and senseless.
“It is a fabrication from the pit of hell from those who are profiteering from the crisis in the Niger Delta and would wish no end to it,” he said.

The senator in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Anietie Ekong said: “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that Senator Akpabio has no link with the NDA or any other militant group for that matter.

“Contrarily, the position of Senator Akpabio as a foremost advocate of dialogue in resolving the Niger Delta crisis is well known. He is of the strong belief that blowing up pipelines and causing further environmental pollution to the Niger Delta is not in the interest of the region as it would take over 100 years to remediate the effects of such environmental degradation.
“Neither does he believe that economic sabotage at a time of economic recession the nation is currently passing through can be an answer to the Niger Delta problem.”

Ekong wondered why anybody in right frame of mind would contemplate associating Akpabio’s name with militancy and degradation of a region that he had laboured to build while serving as governor of Akwa Ibom State between 2007 and 2015.
He cautioned that politicising the Niger Delta crisis through propaganda would amount to an ill wind that would blow nobody any good.

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