ELDERS, Oba, chiefs and chairmen of local governments in Lagos State have condemned the recent attack on Atlas Cove in Lagos by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and warned the group to desist from carrying out future assault.
They also demanded an unreserved apology from leaders of the Niger Delta over MENDâ€™s attack.
Also, the Concerned People of Lagos State (CPLS) has berated MEND for carrying out attacks on Atlas Cove Jetty in Lagos recently.
In a statement by President of the group, Prince Olusegun Ologbese, while condemning the attacking described it as â€œa senseless action which does not have any meaning with their struggle.â€
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, who spoke on behalf of leaders and elders of Lagos State said: â€œAs Oba, chiefs, elders and leaders of councils in Lagos who have for years helped to promote and sustain peaceful co-existence of people of all tribes in Lagos, we feel it is our duty to register publicly the anger and disapproval of our people against the dastardly, wicked, callous and irresponsible act of men of MEND on our dear state.â€
Olusi, who wondered why the imprisonment of MENDâ€™s leader, Mr Henry Okah should lead to the bombing of oil installation in Lagos State, said: â€œLagos has been the most politically tolerant of all states of the federation in terms of pursuance of individual, political aspirations.â€
â€œIt is for this reason that we hereby give a serious warning to the militants in the Niger Delta to view the last attack as the last of such, and that the incident must never again be repeated as any attempt to do so, would be met with serious consequences which the attackers would live to regret,â€ he warned.
The forumâ€™s leader appealed for calm from the people of Lagos over the attack.
â€œThe attack on Atlas Cove has not only provoked, but also drawn the ire of the generality of Nigerians who have been living peacefully in Lagos State. We the Elders, Obas, Chiefs and Chairmen of Local Governments have spent the last few days to calm frayed and angry nerves. We have urged our numerous communities to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding itselfâ€.
hile demanding MENDâ€™s apologies, he called on relative security agencies to be vigilant for avert future occurrence.
Accordingly, he said â€œthe people of Lagos State hereby demand an unreserved apology from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) for that callous and unprovoked attack on Lagos. We also wish to call on all our security agencies to show more alertness in protecting our porous coastal areas as better and robust vigilance could have prevented the MEND attack on such a strategic facility. We call on the parties to the crisis, the federal government, the Niger Deltans and security agencies to cease all hostilities and embark on dialogue and developmental actions that would return peace and prosperity to the region.â€
Meanwhile, an Ijaw group, Ijaw Media Forum (IJF), has apologised to the Lagos State government over the recent attack on Atlas Cove Jetty by Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) in Lagos recently.
In a statement by President of the group, Mr Asu Beks regretted the attack saying â€œit is regrettable that MEND would choose to disturb the peace of Lagos and put fear into minds of people living in the Centre of Excellence.â€
The statement reads in part: The executive and entire members of Ijaw Media Forum wishes to express its regret over the attack on the facility in Lagos. Lagos State is a peaceful state that has over the years continued to play host to persons from all parts of Nigeria, especially people from the Niger Delta.â€
While regretting MENDâ€™s attack, the forum called on MEND to take advantage of the amnesty offer by the Federal government.
It said â€œon behalf of the peace loving people of the Niger Delta region residing in Lagos, we hereby tender our unreserved apology to His Excellency, the governor lf Lagos State and the good people of Lagos State and the good people of Lagos State for this misdirect attack. We hereby urge MEND to take advantage of the amnesty which has just been offered by Mr President to Niger Delta militants and to tow the path of peace in our resolve to find lasting solution to the Niger Delta crisis.â€
The group further pledged â€œthe loyalty of the people of the Niger Delta, and Ijaws in particular, residing in Lagos and assure you that there will be no repeat of that ugly incident at Atlas Cove Jetty.â€