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Pipeline Bombings: Security Is Everybody’s Responsibility – Boroh

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
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Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and special adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Paul Boroh, has said security is everybody’s responsibility because the implications and consequences of insecurity equally affect everyone.

Boroh therefore expressed confidence in the ability of security agencies to apprehend those behind the recent destruction of oil and gas pipelines in the Niger-Delta region.

Boroh, who spoke in Abuja, said following the presidential directive to arrest the situation, he was confident the perpetrators would be brought to book soon.

He however advised communities in the Niger Delta to become more vigilant in order to protect the oil and gas pipelines, which were national assets located in the region.

“Security is everybody’s responsibility because the implications and consequences of insecurity equally affect everyone. The Presidential Amnesty Programme is a security stabilisation programme and is not responsible for the placement and deployment of security personnel in the oil and gas facilities and assets of the Federal Government in the Niger Delta.

“Individuals and communities therefore have their role to play to complement government’s effort to ensure peace and security, which are sine qua non for development of the region,” he said.

According to Boroh, his office is set to commence a series of stakeholder engagements within and outside the region toward addressing the current situation because of its belief in dialogue, even when the security agencies are doing their job.

He said he had observed that some persons were trying to exploit the current situation occasioned by the attacks on pipelines to cause tension in the region, whip up sentiments and unnecessarily politicise the issue.

“The call for persons with grievances to embrace dialogue, which is not an indication of weakness on the part of the government or managers of the amnesty programme. Rather, we are in a democracy and people should be allowed to ventilate their grievances without recourse to violence. If their complaints are genuine and reasonable, they will be looked into,” he said.

He implored the various stakeholders in the region to show utmost patriotism at a time President Muhammadu Buhari had given a firm commitment to tackle the developmental and environmental challenges of the Niger Delta.

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