Niger Delta Avengers: “Calls for Tompolo’s head over oil pipeline bombing,satanic”–Bayelsa Council Chairman
The Chairman of the Brass Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State, Hon. Bello Bina has described as “satanic” the calls by some politicians in Delta State for the arrest and killing of the foremost Ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo popualrly known as Tompolo as a solution to end renewed militancy and bombing of oil pipeline in the region.
According to Bello Bina, though the repeated attacks by the Niger Delta Avengers on Oil pipelines is condemnable and affecting development in the region, the call by some politicians, particularly one Michael Johnny, that the arrest and killing of Tompolo will end militancy is a clear height of satanic thinking and criminal.
The Brass Local Council Chairman, Hon. Bello Bina, who was reacting yesterday to a television interview granted Tompolo’s Cousin, Michael Johnny, said the calls for Tompolo’s head over the renewed militancy is misplaced and a clear attempt to use politics to settle family scores between Micheal Jonny and Tompolo.
According to Bina,” I am speaking with pain over the issues that bothers on the Ijaw nation. I am against the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers. But it is satanic and senseless for a man,like Michael Johnny, to go on national television and be calling for the head of Tompolo over the crime of the Avengers. They are first cousins and if they have family dispute, they should not use a dangerous issue such as NDA to settle family score.”
“We have observed that the Northerners have never come out openly to castigate and condemn the activities of the Boko Haram like we did to the Niger Delta Avengers. Despite the fact that Boko Haram demands are senseless and irresponsible, the Northern Leaders kept quiet and use it to upstage the last administration. What about the Fulani herdmen, their demands and activities have no basis.”
“For the Biafrans, they are demanding for Independence because they claimed they are tired of the Nigeria as a nation. It is understandable and can be resolved. And the NDA, though their activities is condemnable, a process of dialogue is ongoing to resolve the issues. The likes of Micheal Johnny should look beyond politics and stop mentioning those to be killed in the region for the contentious issues of the region to be settled.”
”Our leaders are trying despite the dwindling allocations due to the activities of the Avengers. We all know the region is bad and it will take time to develop. And the Oil Pipelines being blown is not contributing to the needed process of development. As a council Chairman in Bayelsa State, I needed an improved allocation to implement development programmes in the area.”
”The problem of Niger Delta can not be solved by blowing pipelines. And for those calling for Tompolo’s head, the Ijaw nation is bigger than any individuals. If they think because they are favoured by Government and they should display betrayal to the people. Have you ever seen any Boko Haram mentioning any Hausa Politicians? It is wrong. We have to be careful. Life goes beyond Buhari and Jonathan politics. Likes of Micheal Johnny should stop the dangerous trend.”