The activity of the militants has reduced the production of oil in the country thereby affecting it economically. Also, the destruction of gas pipeline has also affected the provision of electricity in Nigeria. The president noted that many militant groups were operating in the region and that some of them were armed with sophisticated weapons similar to what Boko Haram was using in the north east.
He also noted that the economy was badly affected by the activities of the militants. Meanwhile, former militant leaders in Bayelsa state condemned the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers and other groups in the Niger Delta region, saying it was in no way aimed at advancing the interest of the people.
The ex-militant leaders led by General Africa Ukpariasa, General Pastor Reuben and the current local government caretaker committee chairman, Joshua Maciver issued a statement after a meeting with presidential adviser on Niger Delta, Paul Boroh; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu; the Bayelsa state governor, Henry Seriake Dickson and other stakeholders in the state.
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