Any attack on oil facilities will shut down the economy, PENGASAN warns aggrieved politicians

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASAN) on Wednesday warned against attack on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.

The union, while reacting to allegations by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force of threats to attack oil facilities in the region, said such an act would only plunge the country into “internally instigated war.”

The warning was contained in a statement signed by Lumumba Okugbawa, PENGASAN’s general secretary, and made available to the newsmen on Wednesday.

In the statement, the union advised all aggrieved political bigwigs to shelve their grievances and plans to disrupt the newly sworn in administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“With a current population of about 200 million citizens, Nigeria cannot survive another internally instigated war. We counsel all aggrieved politicians to be patient and await the outcome of the various litigations pending at the electoral tribunals or wait till 2023 when another window of political activity will be lifted,” it said.

The union said: “We however view these outcries as serious and treasonable acts punishable on conviction with maximum penalty as prescribed by the nation’s laws and other internationally recognised conventions.”

The union also cautioned that its members were not drawn into unconfirmed and politically motivated alarms.

By Babatunde Alao…

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