Delta State children have called on the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, and other militant groups to desist from further attack on oil facilities in the region.
The children at a forum in Asaba organised to mark this year’s Day of African Child with the theme ‘Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting All Children’sa Right.’
The children told members of the NDA to consider the plight of the vulnerable group in the event of a full blown war in the region.
“We beg the Niger Delta Avengers to think about the plight of children in conflict situations. We need to see laughter of children but how can be a reality when they are forced to live in refugee camps. We need government to guarantee our rights and welfare,” they stated.
Appealing to prevail on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to find lasting solutions to the lingering crisis in the region, they urged the Federal government to avoid the war episodes in countries such as Burundi, Somalia, Congo, Sudan among others.
The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa in his address at the occasion, expressed the commitment of his administration to the protection of the rights of every child in the state as enshrined in the Child Rights Law 2009.