According to reports, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the people of the Niger Delta region will be the end losers of the pipelines bombings and vandalism going on in the region.
Osinbajo on Wednesday night, spoke during the Dinner organized in honour of outstanding graduants of the Presidential Amnesty Programme at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, there is no reason to continue the vandalism in the area.
He said: “It is like a case of biting your nose to spite your face.”
The Vice president congratulated the graduands who were trained as pilots, automobile and electric transformer technicians amongst other skills in Nigeria and in foreign universities.
He urged them to keep away from blowing up oil pipelines, stressing that it had large negative effect on them, their region, the country and even the generations yet unborn.
He noted that government had by the Programme given them an opportunity to harness their God’s given potentials, urging them to pass the skill they have acquired to others too.
He said: “The fact that you did so well was a tremendous opportunity for other people.
“We all have the responsibility to ensure that the future of the country is one that is secure. That cannot happen under the atmosphere of conflict.
“There is no point blowing up pipelines. If they are blown, who are the losers at the end of the day, all of us. Even the upcoming ones.
“This is more of a program for giving the young people an opportunity to succeed. That’s the reason why we are doing the various vocational trainings all over the country.
“The future is here and your time has come. Just looking at you guys, I just know that the future is bright. I see you becoming the great people that God has made.” He added.
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, Paul Boroh, said that the government is fully committed to the amnesty programme and development of the Niger Delta region.
Noting that the programme is working and on course, he said called on the agitators in the Niger Delta to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
“Violence has never solved any problem anywhere in the world.” He said.