A Professor of Performing Arts at the University of Ilorin, Abdulrasheed Abiodun Adeoye, has slammed the new Niger Delta militia on its frequent onslaught on oil installations in the region.
Adeoye, who queried the rationale behind the hostility, said that the current attacks on oil facilities by the armed bandits violate rules and regulations of God.
He spoke to news men on the sideline of annual production of PFA 499 theatre fiesta of the Department of the Performing Arts of the University kick started with “Knotted from Adam to Adam”, a dance drama written by Rudolf Kansese.
The militia under the name, Niger Delta Avengers had for weeks, launched severe attacks on oil installations akin to re-enactment of hostility on oil facilities in the region few years ago, which prompted the then government of late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua to proclaim amnesty for the militants after a disarmament programme he initiated.
But the Unilorin don explained that the latest attack by the militants was not justifiable in any form, saying self-made law in a constitutionally governed country was a total aberration.
He traced the multifarious challenges bedevilling human race to the refusal of mortals to obey simple instruction from God, maintaining that it was impossible to follow rules set by man when that of God was not adhered to.
Adeoye, who is also the Head of Department of the Performing Arts, opined that it was only a society of just with those who tread on the path of due process that would always surmount any challenges before them.
“If you carry arm against the state, you are not following rules and regulations. Some people are calling themselves avengers. Avenging what? Because if you take law against the state, you are violating the constitution of that state. The entire problem of human race begins from our inability to obey simple interpretation from God. So if you found it to obey the law of God, then it becomes more to obey the law of man. We wouldn’t be able to obey the law of man since we cannot obey the law of God.
“Even when you operate an unwritten constitution, once there is a convention, follow it. Simple rule, simple regulation, the society will be better for it. Do not embezzle money, do not be corrupt. Don’t engage in illegality if you are not an illegal person. It has been canonised that it is the just, the easy going ones, those who obey rules and regulations that would always triumph”, he said.