***Says 60-day cessation of hostilities has not elapsed, there is no justification for further bombing
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- LEADER of the Pan-Niger Delta Coastal States Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum and former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark has condemned in very strong terms, the bombing of the Bonny Export( 48) inch pipeline on Friday by members of the Niger Delta Avengers.
In a statement he signed and made available to Vanguard, the Elder Statesman who noted that there was no justification for the renewed bombing against the backdrop that the 60-day cessation of hostilities as articulated by Pan-Niger Delta Coastal States Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum had not elapsed.
Chief Clark said, ” It has come to the attention of the Niger Delta Royal fathers, Elders and leaders of thought that the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Bonny Export( 48) inch pipeline on Friday, 23rd September, 2016.
” We condemn in totality this il- motivated and I’ll- advised rampaging in the bombing by the Niger Delta Avengers. Even though the Federal Government has not constituted its negotiating team as articulated by the Pan-Niger Delta Coastal States Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum, the 60-day cessation of hostilities has not elapsed. Therefore, there was no justification for further bombing, such as the one that took place last Friday.
“We repeat our appeal which was contained in our collective response to the summit on the Niger Delta convened by the office of the Vice President published at page 8 of leadership Newspaper of Saturday, September 24, 2016, and at page 9 of Saturday Vanguard of September 24, 2016 that “all the armed agitators to continue with the cessation of hostilities and remain calm and peaceful, even in the face of obvious provocation. We shall maintain this position.”