Leader of a militant group in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers State, the Aggrieved Youth Movement (AYM), Don Waney, has warned the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and other militant groups to leave the state from their target points.
Waney, who gave the warning in his country-home, Aligu community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni area, while addressing journalists after officially accepting amnesty gesture from the state government, vowed that they would resist any militant group that attempts to cause crisis in the state.
He advised NDA and other militant groups to embrace amnesty as he has done to move the Niger Delta region forward, or they should carry out their nefarious activities elsewhere.
Speaking further, the militant leader stressed that the AYM was not a violent group, pointing out that their agitation was traceable to youth unemployment, lack of technical training for manpower development, scholarships for those in tertiary institutions, widespread poverty, lack of basic social infrastructure and others.
He said, “On a strong note, we are non-violent and we shall remain so in our collective agitation for a better ONELGA, Orashi and Rivers State. In the light of this, we call on the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) group to leave ONELGA and Orashi region out of their targets.
“We are against the bombing and destruction of vital oil and gas installations in our communities. We shall not allow them or any of their type to enter our land. We want peace and development and that is what we have signed with our father and governor, Nyesom Wike. Rivers State is peaceful and we do not want outsiders to cause crisis and general insecurity in our State again.”
Waney commended Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike for his efforts to ensure there was restoration of peace in the state, and urged other aggrieved groups to toe the path of peace for the Niger Delta region to develop.
The militant leader said, “We have accordingly accepted amnesty gesture the government has granted us. We salute the governor for his love for the sanctity of lives of some young people, who may have been deceived in the past. We believe that the amnesty will go a long way to transform for good, the lives of these youngsters.
“We hereby call on other armed groups to embrace the amnesty programme and give up militancy, so that together, we can benefit from the development efforts of the Rivers State government.
“We also urge the Federal Government to look in our direction and ensure that the post-amnesty programme covers all oil and gas producing communities in the Niger Delta, since we, too, are major stakeholders”.