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You Aren’t In Talks With Militants , IYC Tells Buhari

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

An  Ijaw youth group, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)  has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was deceiving Nigerians and the international community about being in talks with Niger Delta militants.

Buhari had on Thursday said his government was negotiating with Niger Delta militants through International Oil Companies and law enforcement agencies ,when  he spoke during a farewell audience with Michael Zinner, outgoing German Ambassador to Nigeria.

Reacting to the position of Buhari, IYC’s spokesman, Eric Omare, said it was ridiculous and laughable for the President to claim the government was in talk with the militants through the IOCs.

The IYC said the action of the government amounts to surrounding the sovereignty of Nigeria to IOCs.

The group expressed concern that with the development, the Buhari administration may have returned Nigeria to pre-colonial  Royal Niger Company days when international companies governed Nigeria.

The statement said: “The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide says that President Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria should stop deceiving Nigerians and the international community about talks with Niger Delta militants on how to stop attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.

“It is highly ridiculous and laughable for President Buhari to say that his government is negotiating with Niger Delta militants through oil companies and law enforcement agencies during the farewell audience with Mr. Michael Zinner, the outgoing Ambassador to Germany on Thursday, the 21st of July, 2016.

“It is even embarrassing for the President of an independent nation such as Nigeria to say that it is oil companies that are negotiating for peace with Niger Delta agitators which in effect amounts to surrounding the sovereignty of Nigeria to international oil companies.

“The IYC wonders if Nigeria is back to the pre-colonial and independence Royal Niger Company days when international companies governed Nigeria.

“The point must be made that the issues at stake are completely beyond the capacity of oil companies to resolve.

“For the umpteenth time, the IYC calls on the Aides and Advisers to President Buhari to properly advise him on how to solve the current hostilities in the Niger Delta region and equally display a determination to resolve the problem as his predecessors did.

“Only a sincere and holistic dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta region which is aimed at addressing the remote causes of recurrent militancy can bring permanent peace to the Niger Delta region.

“This can only happen when President Buhari as the political leader of Nigeria comes down to the negotiation table.”