FOLLOWING the continuous attacks on the oil pipelines by the Niger Delta Avengers, a former Managing Director of the defunct Nigerian Airways, Captain Mohammed Joji has warned the Federal Government against romancing or dialogue with the group. Joji said, by blowing up oil pipelines and destroying other key facilities that affect the economy of Nigeria, the Avengers have declared war against the Nigerian state; therefore they should not be pitied. Captain Joji, who is also the Chairman of Sky Power Express Airways, said the militant group has inflicted a lot of pains on Nigerians and also about to cripple the nation’s economy. While lamenting that, the activities of the Avengers were responsible for the scarcity of aviation fuel, the aviation expert said, if the ‘madness’ is allowed to continue, it would ground the aviation industry, which will in turn ground the economy. According to him, “fuel scarcity in the aviation sector is sabotage by the so called Niger-Delta Avengers, so pipeline vandalism must be brought to a halt if the crisis must end. “I am not an advocate of negotiations with a terrorist group. So, the Federal Government should forget about democracy and go fire for fire with the Avengers,” he said. Speaking on the fight against corruption, the Kaduna based industrialist said, Nigeria like China, should introduce capital punishment for stealing and corrupt practices. He continued when he said capital punishment for corrupt people is the way out to rid the country of corruption. In his words; “Each time I think of how corruption has dragged down the development of Nigeria, I just wish we can do what China is doing; slaughtering whoever found guilty of stealing and corruption. We should not be seen as sympathetic to people who want to ruin the nation’s economy for personal gain.” He however called for establishment of special courts to try corruption cases, in order to fast track justice delivery.
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