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Uduaghan condemns attack on Atlas Cove Jetty

ASABA—Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has cautioned against the politicisation of the amnesty recently granted Niger-Delta militants by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, just as he condemned last Sunday’s attack on the Atlas Cove in Lagos. “The attack should be condemned by all Nigerians,” he said.

Governor Uduaghan who reminded the militants  that the attack on the Atlas Cove in Lagos does not only affect the economy of the nation, but also the economic life of the rural populace who depend on the environment for fishing and farming for their livelihood.

Speaking while receiving the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Alhaji  Idi Farouk, at Government House in Asaba, yesterday, Governor Uduaghan averred that whereas the amnesty offers a leeway for youths  still carrying arms in the creeks to surrender, it was sad that “some people are using all sorts of words to pull down the offer.”

The governor said he was surprised that some stakeholders and opinion leaders were giving it different interpretations.

He said amnesty was the leeway to resolve the nagging issue of militancy and warned those giving it different interpretation not to sabotage the genuine efforts of the Federal Government to bring lasting peace to the Niger Delta.

While calling on the armed youths to embrace the offer, the governor appealed to parents, guardians and traditional rulers to persuade the youths to come out as it was only through amnesty they could live normal life. Uduaghan said, “Please get in touch with the armed youths and tell them to come out of militancy.

This is the only opportunity for them to come out and engage in meaningful and crime free life.”

In condemning the negative approach of such persons to the amnesty deal, the governor warned that “we should not play politics with the issue because any person doing that is not doing the country any good.”


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