IF the Nigerian government will talk to the Niger Delta militants, then it should also speak with leaders of the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as well as the Boko Haram militants, as what is good for the goose is also good for the gander.
What I am saying in essence is that talking with the militants will only encourage violence in other parts of the country.
While I am not in support of war breaking out in any part of the country, I feel that it is not fair enough for government to be speaking with some disgruntled elements.
Even the United States does not speak with Al-Qaeda and other violent Islamic groups when they seize its citizens. While many may be saying that speaking with the Niger Delta terrorists will help solve the problem of pipeline bombings, it will only shift our evil days forward. These militants will never allow peace to reign in that region; once they feel a government is not doing what they want, then they will return to blowing up oil installations.
I, therefore, feel that the Federal Government should look for another way through which it can bring about lasting solution to these bombings.
Also, there is need for ethnic militias in the country to embrace peace. The violence being embarked upon by the NDA to press home their demands will never bring about any positive result.
- Tumini George,
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