A Niger Delta elite group, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), on Tuesday, in Lagos, disclosed that the Niger Delta is unanimously resolved to resist any further attempts by the federal government to toy with Nigeria’s future by continuing to maliciously deploy the military in the region or attempting to deploy sinister divide and rule tactics against the region’s key actors.
Addressing Journalists after an emergency meeting, the Secretary General, Mr. Tony Uranta said that the group resolved that “President Muhammadu Buhari is advised to personally and visibly head a holistic solution-seeking strategy that will prove his commitment to a robustly sustainable peace in the region, for there to be true unity, stability and progress in Nigeria.”
The UNDEDSS scribe decried what he called “the ongoing farce by too many of President Buhari’s political friends and ministers, who are wasting time establishing so-called Contact Committees that will not resolve pertinent issues sustainably.”
Asked what the Federal Government needs to do, Mr. Uranta said, “There’s no need to-invent the wheel. All Buhari has to do is return to the very successful Yaradua Template of 2009”, even as he admitted that President Jonathan failed to consolidate on President Yaradua’s gains in the region.”
UNDEDSS disclosed that the FGN knows how to resolve this avoidable crisis, whilst calling on President Buhari to personally broadcast to the nation an indefinite FGN Ceasefire to be matched by armed actors in the region, government’s commitment to the National Maritime University, Okerenkoko; and, the appointment of a savvy Special Adviser (Niger Delta Affairs) to the President among other things.
“If Buhari follows Yaradua’s lead”, Uranta assures, “there will be sustainable cessation of hostilities in the Niger Delta, and the nation will not be subjected to further losses in national revenues or the crippling power shortfalls due to unavailability of crude and gas.”