Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

We gave Buhari proposal on ending N’Delta Crisis – UNDEDSS

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By Ayodele Samuel,Lagos

The United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) said it have drawn up and submitted a Proposal that should be ‘win-win’ for all parties concerned in the Niger Delta crisis, insisting that “President Buhari knows what, exactly, he needs to do to end the crisis if he so desires.”

The group in a statement signed in Warri Delta State by its Secretary General, Tony Uranta said the crisis in the oil rich region has not ended because President Buhari has allowed his Administration to be beset with too many petty rivalries, too many individuals jockeying for putative relevance, and too many party chieftains of Niger Delta origin who don’t have the interests of the region at heart.

Uranta revealed that himself and other well meaning Niger Delta citizens, interfacing with patriotic members of the President’s Inner Cabinet and Intelligence chieftains, have drawn up a Proposal that should be ‘win-win’ for all parties concerned.

He further revealed that this dynamically-tweaked Proposal is before Mr. President, the armed agitators in the creeks, the international community including UK , USA and other relevantly interested Nigerians like Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

He said the Proposal is hinged on Four vital prerequisites, including: the affirmation by Mr. President that there is no change in policy regarding the need to commence Matriculation of students this year in the National Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State.

Others according to Uranta others are ” the rebirth of the Niger Delta Council -with its Five relevant sub-committees of President Yaradua’s 2009 Template; the guarantee of safe passage for delegates to any Dialogue locations, after all armed parties publicly agree to a 60-days Armistice to be proposed by the FGN; and, the attendance of Foreign Observers including Diplomats from the EU, UK & USA to be invited by the Federal Government to any such Dialogue.”

UNDEDSS claims that this Proposal has been presented to President Buhari over four weeks ago, after many meetings between the government represented at different points by the Chief of Staff to Mr. President, the DG DSS, the EFCC Chairman, the DG NIA, the Minister of State for Petroleum among others with credible Niger Deltans including past Special Advisers to Nigerian Presidents on the Niger Delta, UN Consultants and former Apex ‘Creeks Generals’ of the three zones of the Niger Delta and prominent members of the 2009 Aaron Team that negotiated with President Yaradua in 2009.

UNDEDSS however calls on President Muhammadu Buhari “to exhibit the patriotic and objective decisiveness necessary to end the ongoing crisis in the Niger Delta, by announcing his adoption of the said Proposal now.”

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