President of Niger Delta Communities Intercessors Forum, Rev. Pere-Egbe Odogbo has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to continue with his decision to use dialogue as means of resolving the renewed attacks on oil installations in the region.
Odogbo who made the call in Warri, Delta State, also appealed to Niger Delta Avengers to stop the bombings to allow time for dialogue to achieve peace in the region.
Odogbo who is also the chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Airport Road Unit, Warri, said that dialogue remains the answer and negotiation was the key but not violence, gun or death, stressing that the Federal Government should look at the suffering of the masses and negotiate with the people over the oil that is being milked from Niger Delta soil rather than the use of guns.
“We are not part of Niger Delta Avengers. We are known as Niger Deltans. We have suffered oppression, marginalization, intimidation but dialogue is better than violence.”
He noted that the Niger Delta situation and suffering have become unbearable for them as the river water they defecate on is the same water they drink.
“We are worse than slaves in our nation yet the region is the economic nerve centre of the country. We are deprived of eating the good of our land.
“Anyone who echoes his voice against the oppressors is either jail, silenced or killed such as Isaac Adaka Boro and Ken Saro Wiwa among others. We as Christian leaders appeal to the Niger Delta Avengers to stop the vandalization now, because it affects us and it scares away international investors and ruins our economy.”