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Ijaw Group Accuses Federal Govt Of Insincerity On Niger Delta Crisis

Posted: Jul 11, 2016 at 3:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Felix Igbekoyi


The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has accused the Federal Government of insincerity in its bid to resolve the issues of resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta parts of the country.

Eric Omare, Spokesman of IYC, in a statement dated July, 9, 2016, said the Federal Government had in the past few weeks displayed inconsistencies and lack of commitment towards finding a solution to the renewed hostilities.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had at a meeting with some political and religious leaders pleaded with militants to give peace a chance, and had also another occasion said that the Federal Government was in the process of identifying the leaders of the different militant groups with a view to dialogue with them.

Also a few days ago, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu had also told Nigerians that the issue of militancy would soon be a thing of the past as government was already discussing with the militants.

However, the IYC said it was a contradiction and lack of commitment that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had on Friday, July 8, 2016, at Akure, said that the Federal Government was not discussing with the militants because they are economic saboteurs and not freedom fighters.

IYC charged the Federal Government to state the true position regarding its efforts to resolve the current hostilities in the Niger Delta.

“Is the Federal Government of Nigeria a boat without a captain for different officers of government to take different position on same issue?

These contradictions clearly show that the Federal Government lacks commitment towards resolving the current hostilities in the Niger Delta region and that the two weeks ceasefire that was earlier declared seem to be a smokescreen to create the impression that government is committed to resolving the issues through dialogue whereas there is no such commitment,” the IYC said.

The group said that the only way to ensure meaningful resolution of the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta is for President Buhari to provide purposeful leadership like his predecessors did.

“The clash of centrifugal and centripetal forces within his government supporting and opposing efforts at resolving the current Niger Delta hostilities are playing out because of his failure to provide leadership.

“For any Federal Government effort at resolving the impasse to achieve the desired result, President Buhari must give a clear direction in order to gain the confidence of the people of the Niger Delta region and for officers of his government to key in,” Omare said.