Akpabio denies link with Niger Delta Avengers
The former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has denied having any link with the Niger Delta Avengers.
According to a report published in the media (not Rezponder News), Akpabio was among the sponsors of the group which has claimed responsibility for the attacks on oil and gas installations in the restive region.
Akpabio, who is Senate Minority Leader, has since described the report as a “politically motivated propaganda”.
He said through a statement released yesterday by his Special Assistant on Media. Anietie Ekong,
“It is a fabrication from the pit of hell from those who are profiteering from the crisis in the Niger Delta and would not wish it to end.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that Senator Akpabio has no link with the Niger Delta Avengers or any other militant group for that matter.
“Contrarily, the position of Senator Akpabio as a foremost advocate of dialogue in resolving the Niger Delta crisis is well known. He is of the strong belief that blowing up pipelines and causing further environmental pollution of the Niger Delta is not in the interest of the region as it would take over 100 years to remediate the effects of such environmental degradation.
“Neither does he believe that economic sabotage at a time of economic recession that the nation is presently passing through can be an answer to the Niger Delta problem.”
Akpabio also cautioned against politicizing the Niger Delta crisis.
“What the nation needs is concerted efforts by stakeholders to holistically through dialogue, address the grievances of the region which luckily President Muhammadu Buhari has already started.”