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South-South monarchs move to curb militancy

By Julius Osahon   |   23 June 2016   |   3:43 am
File Photo. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL HEALING (Photo credit should read LIONEL HEALING/AFP/Getty Images)

File Photo. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL HEALING (Photo credit should read LIONEL HEALING/AFP/Getty Images)

IYC tasks Buhari to lead dialogue with Niger Deltans

As militancy and destruction of oil and gas assets in the Niger Delta escalate, the South-South Monarchs Forum has resolved to host a three-day security summit for traditional rulers in the nine states of the region with a view to mediate and develop an actionable blueprint to resolve the crisis.

The chairman of the forum, HRM King Dr Edmund M. Daukoru-Mingi XII Amanyanabo of Nembe Kingdom, explained that the decision to urgently convene the Niger Delta Traditional Rulers Security Summit followed an emergency meeting of the body in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where it resolved to urgently explore strategic framework and solicit interventional interface on the matter on a collective national platform.

With the theme, “Institutionalising an Integrative Architecture for Systemizing Domestic Security Management in the Niger Delta Region,” thesummit holds June 27-29, 2016 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, to consolidate the unity and prosperity of the region and indeed Nigeria for the present and future generations.

He said: “The unrestrained resort to brazen violence and intemperance has become truly worrisome, even ominous of potentially worse events to come. The imperative we face is that something has to be done with speed to reverse this ugly slide towards potential anarchy, which threatens our very corporate existence.”

He appealed to all parties to embrace dialogue and all stakeholders to support the initiative.

Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take a holistic approach to the recent crisis in the oil-rich region by taking the lead in talks with its people rather than engaging self-serving politicians.

The President of the IYC, Worldwide, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, who spoke with journalists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital yesterday, said it was only when the President took the bull by the horns by sitting at the head of the negotiation table, like his predecessors did, would he be able to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

Eradiri, who said he would not be part of any negotiation team unless Buhari led the negotiation, reiterated that the issue on hand was not about the Ijaw or the Niger Delta people alone, but that of recurring leadership failures in the country.

He said: “There is nothing on ground. I don’t trust the process, there has been plethora of negotiations in the past, all government needs to do is to take a holistic approach to the problems of the Niger Delta. The issue is not about the Niger Delta people or the Ijaw, it is about leadership failure in Nigeria.”

“That’s why I have been praying for the President to be hale and hearty; the President should stand up, take the lead in solving the problems, there are success stories of his predecessors taking such step.”

Eradiri also spoke on the need for the Buhari-led Federal Government to implement and work with the national conference reports, saying the reports of the conference, attended by all the geo-political zones, will be a very good starting point in restructuring the nation.

He said the crime rate, insecurity like the Boko Haram, IPOB, the Niger Delta Avengers and other splinter militia groups are indicators of a failing system.

While speaking on the crisis currently brewing in the body, Eradiri alleged that those fanning the embers of disunity within the body were being sponsored by the government and some elements, adding that the present leadership was not deterred from carrying out its functions.

Eradiri, who just returned from the United Kingdom (UK) where he had meetings with the Ijaw in Diaspora, said the IYC would soon activate its disciplinary measures to deal with the erring members.




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