The Action Congress has condemned the purported agreement signed between the Federal Government and 12 militant groups in Bayelsa state last week.
The AC said such approach would not resolve the festering crisis in Niger Delta.
In a statement in Abuja on Sunday by the AC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said whatever value was attached to the agreement had been undermined by, among others, the refusal of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta to sign it.
“Any agreement in the Niger Delta that excludes MEND, for whatever reason, will not be worth the ink with which it was signed,” AC said.
The party also wondered what previous agreements with supposed militants have achieved, as the oil region continues to be rocked by violence, including kidnappings and attacks on oil facilities, which has drastically cut Nigeria‘s oil production.
The statement reads, “While we understand that the Federal Government is desperate to show that it is making progress in the Niger Delta, we make bold to say that signing supposed peace pacts with criminals masquerading as militants is a wrong approach.
We do not hold brief for anyone, but we know that those who are genuinely committed to finding a lasting solution to the Niger Delta problem will be more interested in enduring solutions that will help create jobs for the mass of unemployed youths in the region, rectify years of damage to the environment by oil exploration and ensure that the goose that lays the golden egg is also well catered for.”
AC said that the solution to the crisis was the need to reach out to all genuine stakeholders, within and outside the Niger Delta.
The statement said it was necessary to harness the positive efforts embarked upon by several individuals and groups, and show good faith in efforts to develop the region.
– The Punch