Reports say President Muhammadu Buhari will personally meet with leaders of the Niger Delta region to foster a way of ending the crisis in the region. This is coming after the Nigerian president had asked the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to help him beg the militants over their renewed attacks.
He had said: “No insurance company will want to insure installations that will end up being blown up and no banks will want to finance such installations.
“Those of you who have friends among the leadership or even the militants themselves should plead with them in the name of God ?Almighty to take it easy.”
Speaking on President Buhari’s decision, Udens Eradiri, president of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), said: “We want to commend the President because I heard from the grapevine, from one of our foremost governors and leader of Ijaw land this morning (yesterday) when he said they had been invited by the President for an engagement with respect to the Niger Delta crises.
“So, I want to commend the President for hearing our cries and for taking the right approach because there is no other approach than what the President has decided to do.
“Mr. President is a very meticulous man who keeps a lot of things to his chest and Nigerian and people who are always around take advantage of his silence and misinterpret the body language of Mr. President in various ways.
“That body language that has been misinterpreted has created a lot of confusion that has further worsened the situation in Niger Delta.
“Therefore we thank God Mr. President will be coming out boldly to address the issues and body language will no longer be misrepresented.
“We want to thank the president for that bold step and look forward to the right leaders going to sit down with the President to properly articulate the position of Niger Delta.”
The Ijaw youth leader also advised the president and the federal government to seek permanent solutions to the issues of Fulani herdsmen attacks, agitation for Biafra, attacks on pipelines among other disturbances in the country.
“We are of the opinion that Nigeria needs to be restructured so that we can solve problems of tomato price, dollar prices, insecurity, herdsmen crises and insecurity in the middle belt, armed robbery cases and others.
“The only solution to Nigeria’s problems not just Niger Delta problem is that we restructure this country to the point where people sit down and agree that we should go forward as a nation.
“It is only in that spirit that we will solve Avengers’ (Niger Delta Avengers) problems once and for all. “We want a holistic approach to the problem so that tomorrow an avenger will not arise or a destroyer will not arise or another pseudo group will not come and be destabilising the region.
“We have said this because the same issue the Willink’s Commission talked about was the same issue Isaac Boro came out to declare the Niger Delta Republic and eventually fought for Nigeria and died for it; the same issue Ken Saro Wiwa was killed for.
“It is the same issue that led to the formation of IYC to non-violently address issues of underdevelopment and marginalisation in the Nigeria state and the same issues that led to MEND and the same issue that led to avengers. “So, if we want to move forward its only common sense that we address those issues and we think that those issues are holistically embedded in a restructured Nigeria,” Eradiri was quoted to have said.
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