Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, yesterday, expressed confidence that the prevailing peace within the creeks of the Niger Delta could be sustained.
Nonetheless, regardless of threats by Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, and Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, to renew hostilities within the Niger Delta area, a group from the Presidency, led by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will on Monday, January sixteen, begin a confidence-constructing go to to the area.
Meantime, Ijaw Peoples Growth Initiative, IPDI, has condemned the Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, ILOT, in Delta State, over current assaults on the Pan Niger Delta Discussion board, PANDEF, saying ILOT is on the lookout for low cost political recognition and fame in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Governor Okowa, who spoke when the US’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Syminton, paid him a courtesy go to in Asaba, mentioned for greater than 4 months, pipeline vandalism had not been skilled within the creeks, particularly in Delta State.
In accordance with him: “We’re doing loads to make sure that we’ve got peace and it’s our hope that we maintain the peace. It’s in our greatest curiosity to take action. We’re trying ahead to a peaceable and progressive 2017.”
The governor insisted that it was within the collective curiosity of all stakeholders for the peace to be sustained and recommended the US authorities for doing enterprise in Nigeria, particularly in Delta State.
He assured traders that the state was protected for enterprise, saying, “our individuals are pleasant and accommodate guests.”
Earlier, the Ambassador who was accompanied by high embassy officers, disclosed that they had been within the state to see methods to deepen their enterprise relationship with the folks.
Osibanjo’s go to
Vice President Osibanjo’s go to, initially scheduled for January 10, was moved ahead, Vanguard gathered, quickly after the NDA, angered by the obvious refusal of the Presidency to dialogue with PANDEF, introduced its plan to renew bombing of oil installations, final Saturday.
A supply on the Presidency mentioned: “The Vice President was shocked by the threats, however he has since been reassured that the discontent within the area was brought on by the identical notion that will probably be created if the deliberate go to is cancelled.”
The supply claimed that the Vice President’s first port of name can be Gbaramatu Kingdom, the house of ex-militant chief, Authorities Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, in Warri South-West Native Authorities Space, Delta State.
The workforce would additionally go to Bayelsa, Eket in Cross River State and different components of the area to acquire first hand data on the pains of the individuals of Niger Delta.
IPDI blasts ILOT
In the meantime, IPDI, in a joint assertion by its nationwide President and Secretary, Messrs. Austin Ozobo and Mayor Ogobiri, described ILOT as “meddlesome interlopers.”
“The ILOT in a number of fora, has indicated curiosity for recognition in PANDEF. It appears they haven’t been given such recognition, which is why they’re attacking the Ijaw chief, Chief Edwin Clark and PANDEF. ILOT’s clandestine approval of navy operations in Niger Delta will solely add gasoline to the unstable scenario within the area.
“Besides ILOT was in exile, there have been collection of agitations that just about eclipsed the Yar’Adua/Janathan administration. It’s improper to say that Ijaw weren’t agitating or making calls for in Jonathan’s administration,” the group famous.
In accordance with IPDI: “It was the continual agitation of former agitator, Authorities Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, and others after Yar’Adua/Jonathan 2007 presidential elections that led to the bombardment of Camp 5 and your entire Gbaramatu Kingdom in 2009. Thereafter, the then authorities sued for peace and rolled out the present Amnesty Progamme, and created Niger Delta Ministry to halt additional agitation within the area. ILOT, besides members have been aloof, know that the agitation didn’t cease. It continued when late John Togo deserted the amnesty programme and went again to the creeks and engaged federal troops in a critical battle for not doing what was promised by authorities, and Ayakoromo neighborhood in Burutu native authorities was bombarded in 2010. It’s, due to this fact, mistaken to imagine that in Yar’Adua/Jonathan administration, there was no agitation and no calls for have been made.
“The continued agitation led to the 2014 professional-Nationwide Convention in Jonathan’s administration the place sequence of points affecting the Niger Delta have been addressed. The clandestine approval of militarization of Gbaramatu Kingdom by ILOT is a transparent indication that the Itsekiri’s declare of possession of Warri is fallacious and concocted. It’s our warning that peddlers of ethnic falsehood ought to repent, as it’ll solely find yourself fuelling ethnic unrest within the area.”
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