Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Niger Delta leaders present 16-point request to Buhari; see hisreaction (photos)

– President Buhari met with Niger Delta
leaders at the state house in buja
– The Edwin Clark-led group presented a 16-
point request
– The president welcomed the request and
said the amnesty report will also be

President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed
the 16-ponit requests presented by leaders
from the Niger Delta region.
The president met with the leaders from the
region at the state house on Tuesday,
November 1 to discuss the issue of militancy
and security in the Niger Delta region.
In a statement by Garba Shehu who is the
senior special assistant to the president on
media and publicity, President Buhari noted
that the unity and progress of the country
was important as peace, security, investment
and prosperity are linked together, adding
that “if we give peace a chance, investors will
come here to invest. Nobody will invest in an
insecure environment”.
Buhari noted that things were difficult due to
the collapse of oil prices, inability of 27 of the
36 states of the Federation to pay salaries
and absence of savings to fall back on.
The president welcomed the 16-point
requests presented by the Niger Delta leaders
led by Chief Edwin Clark and addd that he
was also expecting reports from officials he
had instructed to review the implementation
of the Amnesty program to determine where
government fell short so that amends can be

He also said that service chiefs were putting
together their own assessment of the
militancy situation, saying “when I have these
reports, including this one (just presented),
we will revisit the situation (in the region) to
ensure that we succeed this time.”
He urged the leaders from the region to do
more in term of ensuring peace.
“We are determined to make life comfortable
and affordable to all Nigerians. If anybody
has a country to go to, let him go, we will
stay here and salvage our country.”
He said: “Please Your Excellencies, Your
Majesties, Distinguished ladies and
gentlemen; we all have our individual
constituencies. Let us try to pacify our
constituencies. Let us first recover our
country, secure the country and let us invite
people who will invest. Let us create jobs for
our people and let us be accountable to our
people where we are sitting on treasuries,
whether it is local government, state or the
center. We should ensure that we rebuild this
country. Nobody wants to fail. So, the only
way out is, if people understand and believe
that we are doing our best at all levels, then
we will have some peace. But it they have
reason to doubt our performance and
sincerity, then we will have problem

Some of the requests made by the Clark-led
team include the completion of major road
projects in the region, the take-off of the
maritime university, the full activation of
ports in Niger Delta and other water ways,
the relocation of international oil companies
to the region, the issuance of oil blocks to
the states and other stakeholders as well as
the strengthening of the Niger Delta
Development Commission and the Ministry of
Niger Delta Affairs. They also spoke about
the issue of fiscal federalism.
The Niger Delta leaders declared total support
for the administration of President Buhari and
expressed total commitment to the unity,
peace and stability of the country,
At the meeting were the vice president,
Professor Yemi Osibanjo, the Chief of Staff,
Abba Kyari and the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir
David Lawal.
Representatives of military chief as well as
some ministers were also at the meeting.

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