ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Monday Igbuya, has advised the government of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers and address the militancy in the region.
Speaking to media in Sapele, Igbuya attributed the defective and harsh socio-economic environment, lack of employment opportunities, environmental degradation, vandalism, general under-development and inadequate benefits from resources from the region to militancy.
“Mr. President should dialogue with the people. What are the problems?” asked Igbuya.
“He (Buhari) should listen to the people. Power belongs to the people,” added the Delta Speaker.
His sentiments came amid contrasting positions by government and the militants regarding the dialogue to resolve the former’s grievances.
Government officials have maintained talks were ongoing but the Niger Delta Avengers has ridiculed this as claims.
Igbuya said it was in the interest of peace, harmony and unity of Nigeria that he urged Buhari to review the ownership structure of oil wells in the country.
“How many South- South people are owners of oil wells in the country? He should allow 65 percent ownership by the people of the Niger Delta region.”
Commenting of other pertinent issues, Igbuya rejected the proposed bill to establish and control grazing routes and reserves before the National Assembly.
“The resolutions of the South-South and South-East lawmakers are quite clear. We asked our representatives in the National Assembly to oppose it,” said Igbuya.
– CAJ News