National President, National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators (NCNDE-A), Israel Akpodoro, has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government not to enter any form of dialogue with the new militant groups.
Akpodoro gave this advise in Abuja, Friday, while addressing the press.
He noted that any effort to dialogue with the militants would give rise to more violent groups.
He asked President Buhari not to listen to Chief Edwin Clark, who advised that Buhari meet with the militants on peaceful agreement.
The former militant leader advised Clark to make it his responsibility to persuade the militants to sheath their sword and embrace peace.
He added that the statesman should justify his advise by producing Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a. Tompolo, who had been summoned severally by the Federal Government.
Akpodoro described the attackers of oil pipelines as demagogues and evil doers, who are out to foment trouble to stampede the Federal Government into giving them amnesty.
However, the former militant leader said the call for dialogue by some Ijaw leaders was a ploy to armstwist the Federal Government into being cowed by the Ijaw youths.
He added that such calls should be ignored in the interest of peace and tranquility in the region.
Akpodoro wondered why the new agitators were drawn from the league of ex-militants and were on the payroll of the amnesty programme be the one bombing pipelines.
“The neo militant groups were directly under the command of accused Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a. Tompolo, so those calling for dialogue should produce him to the Fedetal Government before having the moral rectitude to call for dialogue.
“Acting like father to economic saboteurs and forming protective ring around criminals in the region won’t do us any good at this critical period of our nationhood. The call by Chief E.K.Clark, to say the least came as a rude shock and unbecoming of a man who would always want criminals of Ijaw extraction protected in the name of calls for dialogue.
“Nigerians would want to know from Chief Clark who are the Avengers? Who are the sponsors and what are they avenging at this critical period in our nationhood?
“Hiding under the cloak of dialogue to part criminals on the back by giving them amnesty is a dubious thing to ask for. How many times have youth in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Imo State, blown up pipelines to stampede Federal Government into granting them amnesty? The Federal G Government should dialogue, the army should go all out for these crooks who festers on cheap and free money,” he stated.