Nigerian Army talks tough as Niger Delta youths vow to challenge PIA.

Written by on August 22, 2021

Niger Delta youths, under the aegis of Anioma Youths Forum Worldwide, has said there may be fresh agitation in the Niger Delta over the recent signing of the Petroleum Industry Bill into law, describing it as an aberration to the oil rich region.

This is as the Defence Headquarters said the military was ready to forestall the breakdown of law and order in the region.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday, signed the PIB into law after over 20 turbulent years.

But the National President of the forum, Nnamdi Ofonye, in an interview with Newsmen Said the negligence of the Federal Government might lead to a new agitation.

However, two senior military officers from the South-South, who also spoke with newsmen on condition of anonymity, appealed to the militants to embrace peace.

They said they would not speak on record because the activities of the military in the region had already been centralised and that only the Defense Headquarters was allowed to make official comments on such issues.

They nevertheless warned that the military would not allow anyone to interrupt the peace being enjoyed by the people of the region over the signing of the PIB into law by the President.

The officer appealed to traditional rulers and opinion leaders in the zone to call their subjects to toe the path of peace.

Also, another senior officer, who equally spoke on condition of secrecy, said the military was always on the alert, warning that anyone who wants to disrupt the peace and economic interest of the nation would not be spared.

A civil society organisation, Policy Alert, had also on Friday faulted the President’s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, urging communities to test the provisions of the Act before the courts.

Credit: Punch

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