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Buhari Has Surrounded Himself With N’Delta ‘Hawks’ – IYC

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma


The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has attributed the seeming inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve the Niger Delta issues to the unhelpful activities of some Federal Government appointees from the region.

Udengs Eradiri, President of the IYC, said Buhari’s major problem was that he had surrounded himself with political appointees from the region whom he (Eradiri) described as “clowns” and “hawks”.

Eradiri, who spoke after an emergency meeting of the IYC in Yenagoa, on Monday, urged the President to be cautious of this set of persons from the region around him.

“At a meeting, I made it clear to the security agencies that Niger Deltans who are around President Buhari are the problems of President Buhari and that the president should be wary about them,” he said.

He said that this category of persons had allegedly revealed in a meeting that they paid over USD10billion to the new dreaded group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

The NDA, which activities had led to a sharp drop of Nigeria’s crude oil production quota, had claimed responsibility for several recent attacks on oil facilities in the region, with threats to carry out more bombings in the weeks ahead.

Eradiri recalled that former president, Goodluck Jonathan, suffered a similar fate in the hands of some persons from the region who milled around him and deceived him into believing that they could help him resolve the Niger Delta conflict.

According to him, these ‘hawks’ had claimed that they could assist Jonathan negotiate with the then agitators with USD40million, yet there was destruction of critical national assets in the region by the perpetrators.

He said that Buhari must reach out to the stakeholders of the Niger Delta if he must engage the people to solve the problems of the region.

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