Senator Akpabio Denies Link With Militants
The Senate Minority Leader, Senator
Godswill Akpabio has denied being
the sponsor of the militant group, the
Niger Delta Avengers or any other
militant group for that matter.
A recent online publication had alleged that a splinter group, the
Reformed Niger Delta Avengers had
claimed Senator Akpabio and other
eminent Nigerians were the sponsors
of the group.
But a release signed by the Special Assistant on Media to the Senate
Minority Leader, Mr Anietie Ekong
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.”
According to the press statement, “for
the avoidance of doubt, we wish to
state categorically that Senator
Akpabio has no link with the Niger Delta Avengers 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 of 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 that the nation is
presently passing through can be an
answer to the Niger Delta problem. “His abhorrence of violence in conflict
resolution is legendary. Therefore it
beats our imagination why anybody in
a right frame of mind would
contemplate associating his name with
militancy and degradation of a region he had laboured so much to build
while serving as Governor of Akwa
Ibom State between 2007 and 2015.
"Coming from Sahara Reporters, we
take it as one in a series of falsehood
they have fabricated against Senator Akpabio. We recall the national uproar
which followed a similar concoction
on December 10, 2015 when Sahara
Reporters “authoritatively confirmed”
that Senator Akpabio had been
sacked from the Senate by an Appeal Court which had not even delivered its
judgment at the time of the
publication. It turned out to be a hoax
when the election of Senator Akpabio
was later upheld by the Appeal Court,"
the statement said. It cautioned that politicizing the Niger
Delta crisis through propaganda will
amount to an ill wind that will blow
nobody any good.
“Rather what the nation needs is
concerted efforts by stakeholders to holistically through dialogue address
the grievances of the region which
luckily President Muhammadu Buhari
has already started,” it concluded.