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Buhari directs Osinbajo to head delegation on Niger Delta crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to head the special presidential delegation charged with the task of resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta region.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, retired Brigadier General Paul Boroh disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

Boroh said the choice of Osinbajo as leader of the government’s fact-finding delegation to the crisis-ridden region was informed by President Buhari’s strategic plan to engender peace in the region.

Until Osinbajo’s appointment, the Niger-Delta elders were leading the delegation on the resolution of the crisis.

However, with the new presidential directive, Boroh said that the Vice President would be heading the delegation.

According to him, this will meet the President’s expectations of not only building confidence among the people on government’s intentions but also help in its fact-finding mission on a workable and lasting solution.

“President Buhari knew what he was doing when he directed the Vice President to head the delegation.

“You need to see him in action when he visited different communities in the oil-producing states.

“There is no doubt that the President knows that peace in the Niger Delta region is crucial to the development of the entire country,’’ Boroh said.

He said that the visit of the vice president to the Niger Delta was in phases to cover all Niger Delta states.

According to him, So far we have visited Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo states.

“The next phase will be Cross River, Abia and Ondo states. By that we would have covered the entire Niger Delta states.

“This visit is in two folds. It is both a confidence-building and a fact-finding mission because a lot of information has been heard about the Niger Delta but no single person can claim to know all about the Niger delta.

“It requires effort by all stakeholders toward ensuring that issues of the Niger delta are resolved,” he said.

He also explained that efforts were on to pay beneficiaries of the amnesty programme studying abroad.

Boroh said that the problem arose due to the inability of the Federal Government to meet its financial obligations in the various countries.

The coordinator said the Amnesty Office would have to offset a lot of liabilities when funds allocated to it were eventually released.

He, however, said that priority would be given to the foreign beneficiaries, especially those graduating soon.

Boroh said that the Amnesty Office daily deals with false allegations made against it by some aggrieved youth craving to benefit from the programme.

He said that the programme is at the integration phase and it would be difficult to accommodate new entrants, who were not captured when the amnesty offer was first put in place.

(Source: NAN)


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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 13th March 2017 at 7:42 pm

    The official declaration of Republic Of Biafra is March 15. 2017. It is up to people of the five coastal states of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, to speak for themselves either they are part of Biafra or remain part of Nigeria. Republic Of Biafra of Igbos is territory of Abia, Imo, Anambara, Enugu, Ebonyi. Republic Of Biafra will regard Osinbajo as an individual Yoruba man, he should not trespass territory of Republic Of Biafra in any form, even in words, if he do not respect that from March 15. 2017, Republic Of Biafra of Igbos will handle it as conflict with Yoruba. They should define the word Niger Delta clearly to exclude Republic Of Biafra of Igbos territory and respect it or meet in battle of BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR.

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 14th March 2017 at 5:30 am

    Language of bandits called “fact-finding”. What fact about the states, region, do they not know? Illiterate Fools that do not have Intellectual Capability to handle human affairs etc. After 50 years of their mess call rule, they are now graded alongside Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen etc. They will see example of people with Intellectual Capability to handle affairs of humanity- social, economic etc. in Republic Of Biafra. While they use the next 50 years for “fact-finding” in their ruined entity of west and north called Nigeria, Republic Of Biafra will fix their 50 years mess in Biafraland within the next 10 years and advance in it. The official declaration of Republic Of Biafra is March 15. 2017- either they Respect it or meet in Battle of BIAFRAN REVOLUTION WAR. God Is With Igbos Of Republic Of Biafra- The Day Of Their Promise Land Has Come: March 15. 2017.

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