By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY—THE Forum of Former Deputy Governors, FFDG, weekend, called on elders and leaders from the Niger Delta to rise up against the continuous bombing of oil facilities in the region, saying that the devastating effect of pollution may haunt the people of the region for years to come.
Commending President Muhammadu Buhari over his efforts to find solutions to the problem in the Niger Delta and his war on corruption, the forum stressed the need to strengthen Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, with a view to apprehending all those who looted the nation’s treasury.
The forum made the call in a communique in Benin City, Edo State after their general meeting which saw the emergence of Edo former Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Imasuen as the new Chairman of the body and Abubakar Armayau (North East) as the Secretary General to run its affairs.
Immediate past chairman of the body, Abdulmalik Mahmud who read the communique, said any violence aimed at destroying the nation’s assets must be condemned and discouraged.
According to him, “We condemned the current spate of vandalism and destruction of our national assets by the Niger Delta Avengers and other militants in the Niger Delta; the Boko Haram sect which has traumatised the North East and other parts of Northern Nigeria, MASSOB, BIM, and IPOB in South Eastern Nigeria and the menace of herdsmen across the country.”