Threats by Niger Delta Avengers to atack Oil Installations ‘unnecessary’— Buhari

By AdvocateNews on 27/06/2021

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President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for calm amid fresh threat by Niger Delta Avengers to attack oil installations in the south-south region.

Buhari, who described the threat as “unnecessary”, said his administration will do everything possible to address the grievances of the armed group and residents of the region.

Reacting in a statement on Sunday, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, noted that the issues raised by the group had been responded to when the president met with the leadership of the Niger Delta and Ijaw National Congress (INC), at the Presidential Villa.

The militant group, in a statement on Saturday, had announced the launch of ‘Operation Humble’, a new mission to resume attacks in the oil-rich region.

They said the south-south remains the most underdeveloped region in the country, with their needs and interests “undermined by the failed Nigerian State”.

“There is no gainsaying that the failed country called Nigeria which has fed fat on our God-given wealth is at the brink of total disintegration, owing to the security and related challenges across the country; ranging from terrorism and banditry in the North, to the secessionist gongs of the Oduduwa people of the South-west and IPOB of the South-east.” the group had said in a statement.

Adesina, quoting Buhari’s message when the Niger Delta and Ijaw National Congress (INC) visited him, said issues such as the call for restructuring and the inauguration of a board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) have all been addressed.

“I am equally concerned about the rate of environmental degradation in the Niger Delta and as you are aware the HydroCarbon Pollution Remediation Project has started work with remediation efforts in Ogoni land and I have directed the Minister of Environment to ensure that the projects are implemented with a high percentage of local content and inclusion of the surrounding communities,” the statement reads.

Buhari said the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, under the ministry of Environment is working to make sure that oil spills are reduced and new ones prevented.

 

“In addressing your call for immediate restructuring, the National Assembly whose responsibility it is to ensure that our constitution responds to the call for a restructured Nigeria, has already concluded regional consultations and as soon as they finalise the process, necessary action would not be delayed on my part,” the statement added.

"On the issue of fair and balanced appointments to reflect federal character principles, I re-affirm that this has always been my focus and would continue to be because I have always seen Nigeria as a country where everyone should be given equal opportunities.

“I want to assure you that as soon as the forensic audit report is submitted and accepted, the NDDC Board would be inaugurated. However, I would like to implore you that the Ijaw National Congress should play a more active role in making sure that the mismanagement that occurred in the past is not repeated.”

Posted 27/06/2021 7:02:20 PM

 

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