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Gowon Meets Buhari Over Niger Delta Attacks, Widespread Poverty

Posted: Aug 24, 2016 at 6:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), former Head of State, on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, over some issues militating against the progress of the country.

Their meeting, which held inside the president’s office, dwelt on attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region, the suffering Nigerians were going through as a result of dwindling oil revenue and inflation, and the Chibok girls abducted from their school in Borno State in April 2014.

Gowon, who arrived at the Presidential Villa at about 2p.m, told newsmen shortly after the meeting that the anti-graft policies of the Federal Government also informed his visit to the president.

“I have come to pay my respects to Mr. President and to let him know that I will be going out of the country on holiday and for my programme, Nigeria Prays, in the U.S. and UK.

“We had cause to discuss the general affairs of the country, the problems we have in the country and the fight against corruption.

“The expectation of the public is that they want to see result, though no one has been found guilty. We believe that will soon begin,” he said, referring to the ongoing war against corruption.

Gowon acknowledged that corruption was at the centre of Nigeria’s retrogression since independence.

“We talked generally on the country and efforts the government was making to give the people what they want to see and then to also have money; but, please, remember, we used to sell petroleum at $150 per barrel, but what is it today? It’s merely around $30 per barrel.

“The amount of crude oil has dropped; we used to produce over two million barrels per day, now it has gone down to about one million barrels per day because of the problem we have been having with people blowing pipelines in the Niger Delta area.

“So we have problems and there isn’t enough money to go round. (But) very soon, with the efforts the government is making to get things back to normal, making contacts with the Avengers and other aggrieved militants in the Niger Delta who are creating havoc there, we hope that all will be well,” Gowon said.