By George Onah
The Action Congress, AC, in Rivers State, yesterday, condemned the bomb blast at the venue of the Vanguard-organised post-amnesty dialogue in Warri, Delta State, pointing out that ”any agitation in any form to claim the lives of our people is not acceptable and should be condemned unequivocally.”
In a statement in Port Harcourt, by its spokesman, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the party said: â€œthe news that the blast claimed lives and property is sad and unfortunate,â€ stating that the leader of AC in the state, Prince Tonye Princewill, escaped death by the whiskers at the venue.
Equally worrisome, it said, was the news that the Minister of Niger Delta Ministry, Chief Ufot Ekaette, also escaped unhurt, explaining that the dialogue was a platform to canvass issues aimed at bettering the lots of Niger Deltans and the region as a whole.
Troubled by the development, the party said it had become â€œimperative on the side of the Federal Government to urgently embark upon holistic implementations and the release of the White Paper on the Niger Delta Technical Committee Report
“The government shouldÂ attend to issues relating to amnesty granted to the militants to avoid some extremists capitalising on this lack of political will. To treat the Niger Delta issue to cause other damage on the side of our people would be a total setback on our plans to convince some ambassadors that peace has finally returned to the region.”