by Ejike Ejike, Abuja –
The Nigerian Guild of Editors has called for dialogue instead of threat and force in tacklin the renewed threat by the Niger Delta Avengers to resume attacks on oil facilities in the South South.
The Guild, which also called on the Avengers to drop the threat and embrace dialogue in resolving their grievances, urged the government to dialogue with all stakeholders, including the aggrieved militants to resolve the problems in the region, insisting that the only path to peace is dialogue.
In a statement signed by the President, Funke Egbemode and General Secretary, Victoria Ibanga, the Guild urged the Federal Government “not to resort to the use of force in resolving the matter, stressing that the use of force has never solved any problem. As stakeholders in the task of nation-building, the Guild is worried by the recent show of military force in the quest to neutralise the threat of the militants. This move has done little to calm the tension, instead it has aggravated it. We urge caution and restraint.”
The statement also quoted the guide as “We seize this opportunity to appeal to traditional rulers in the region to use their offices and goodwill to call the Avengers and any other militant group in the region to order. As royal fathers and leaders of thought, we urge them to play a leading role in the resolution of any breakdown in communication between the Federal Government, oil majors and the militants. We cannot afford another bout of force majeure by oil majors on account of insecurity in the region.”
On the 2018 budget proposal currently before the National Assembly, the Guild expressed concerned about the size of the recurrent as against the capital expenditures, noting that “this trend, which is inimical to any country’s development, has continued for so long. We urge prudence and innovative budgeting in order to achieve a reversal in the nearest future.”
The Guild also expressed worry that inspite of the country exiting economic recession, the media industry is mired in distress and recommended that stakeholders should come together to seek the way forward.
On the increasing crime rate in the country, especially kidnappings and communal clashes and the NGE called on security agencies to rise to the occasion and urged the Federal Government to deploy the relevant security agencies to check the pervasiveness of these crimes.
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