As a step to ending the destruction of oil facilities and the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta, the Federal Government, yesterday, had a strategic meeting with some militant leaders in Abuja.
The Federal Government team that met with over 50 militant leaders in Abuja for most part of Wednesday at the Transcorp Hilton, included
- National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd)
- Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, Niger Delta Minister
- Pastor Uguru Usani Uguru and the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta
- Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh, (Rtd)
- Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, has relocated from Abuja to the troubled region to hold discussions with the militants to sheath their sword and embrace peace.
The adviser moved from Abuja on Thursday in order to be able to meet with some of the aggrieved Niger Delta leaders in Delta, Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa before the weekend before moving to the other oil-bearing states for similar discussions.
Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, who is also the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, said in the meeting:
“The whole aim of my relocation to the Niger Delta creeks is to enable me to identify the aggrieved individuals and groups and hold extensive discussions with them on the need to keep the peace since the government is working hard to put things right in the Niger Delta and other parts of Nigeria.”
Dr Kachikwu, who addressed the Niger Delta leaders drawn the oil-bearing communities, said it was imperative for the perpetrators of the bombing of oil facilities to realize that such actions were inimical to the country and its people.
“Nobody benefits from any destruction and we need to stop anything that can lead to the destruction of lives and the environment. The Federal Government will continue to take steps to ensure that the issues agitating the minds of the people are genuinely addressed for the overall interest of all.”