The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has disclosed Ministers and Aides of the President have been despatched to their hime States to speak to youths to shun violence
Addressing a cross section of stakeholders and youths in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital weekend, Senator Akpabio said:
“Worried by the level of destruction of properties and violence associated with protests across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all ministers and aides to the President to appeal to youth in their state and region to eschew violence.
Calling on the youths of the Niger Delta to shun violence, Akpabio said President Buhari noted with concern that the region had suffered enough destruction by militants before now.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs urged the youths to embrace peace as government focuses on addressing their demands as it relates to the #EndSARS movement.
Sen Akpabio said he was saddened by the violence caused by hoodlums, who hijacked the #EndSARS protest to cause waton destruction and looting of public and private property in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The minister persuaded the youth of the Niger Delta region to shun acts capable of truncating the peace enjoyed in the region.
He urged the youth to embrace programmes and policies roled out by the President aimed at addressing the challenges of the area.
“We have gone round and see the level of destruction in the state, it is a sordid site.
People were working in all these places they destroyed. This is very sad and regrettable. This must stop.
“I am constrained to address you on the #EndSARS protest which started peacefully and has turned into mayhem and criminality.
“The Federal Government is very serious in addressing the yearnings of the proper #EndSARS protesters but condemned the waton destruction and looting of public and private property.
“The youth should know that they are leaders of tomorrow and should not cut short their life through criminality.
“We are appealing to the youth to cease the protest and come to the table and dialogue. We are very proud of our youth,” Akpabio said.
He commended the Governors of the region for taking steps to ensure that security of lives and property of people of the area were protected.
He called for a bipartisan approach in the south south to addressing the issues raised by the youth.