According to reports, the Bishop of Calabar Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Tunde Adeleye, has warned members of the Niger Delta Avengers to stop destroying oil facilities in the region because of its adverse effect on the environment.
The Bishop also took a swipe at the Federal Government for paying little or no attention to the violence perpetuated by Fulani herdsmen across the country.
Adeleye said this in Calabar, Cross River State during a press briefing on the second session of the ninth synod of the diocese.
He cautioned the Federal Government against the use of military force to address the agitations of the militants, saying dialogue is the best way out.
He said, “We use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to please tread a little softly on the determination to deal with the Niger Delta militants with heavy display of the army’s might and weapons. It is not useful to kill a fly with a gun.
“We plead with the Avengers and other militants to please stop the attack and bombings of the oil producing facilities in the delta area. Consequent upon their action, we are told that production of oil and gas has been brought to the lowest in 20 years. Two wrongs cannot make a right. The option of dialogue should be explored.”
Adeleye, however, described as barbaric, inhuman and crucially bestial the method of arrest of judges by the Department of State Service for alleged corruption.