• Militants' ploy to catch Buhari may have leaked as he plays smart, despatches IG to Gbamaturu for peace talks

    01/July/2016 // 2300 Viewers


    PARIS, JULY 1, 2016: Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, will today head for Gbamaturu Kingdom instead of President Muhammadu Buhari  to hold peace  talks with leaders of Ijaw and Itsekiri communities over the renewed  hostilities in the Niger Delta.

    Buhari had before now been expected to make  the visit himself to the trouble region to see the leaders of the communities but shelved the plan after a closed-door meeting with service chiefs of Thursday.

    This is the second time he would be playing smart to cancel his visit to the volatile region, the first being the cancellation of his working visit to flag off the clean up of   Ogoniland.

    Sources revealed to DailyGlobeWatch that while there  the new police chief will  carry out on the spot assessment  on some damaged oil and gas facilities. 

    It was also gathered that the IGP would also hold peace talks with the kinsmen of wanted ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias  Tompolo.

    Confirming the visit to our correspondence in Asaba, the Delta State capital, the Delta State Police Command spokesperson, SP Celestina Kalu, declined to reveal the details of Idris visit.

    But an independent source revealed to our correspondent that the new IG would among other things hold peace talks with other community leaders with a view to ending militancy  in the troubled region.

    The IG is also expected to hold talks with youths ahead of the commencement of works at the Delta Gas City project otherwise called Exports Processing Zone.

    Meanwhile, Oporoza community, the  traditional  headquarters of the Gbamaturu people  is agog to host the new IG today .

    “It’s true that the new acting IGP is visiting Warri South West in Delta State tomorrow (today) to hold talks with some leaders of Ijaw and Itsekiri following recent attacks on oil facilities in that area.

     “The IGP is very interested in resolving the renewed crisis in the region. His visit is part of the dialogue option being explored by the Federal Government to halt further hostilities especially on oil and gas installations in this area,” the source said.

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  • E‎kweremadu condemns killing of pro-Biafra protesters‎‎

    01/Jun/2016 // 521 Viewers


    The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned in strong terms the reported killing of pro-Biafra protesters by security operatives in parts of the South East.
    Ekweremadu made the condemnation at the plenary session of the Senate on Tuesday.

    He came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rule to draw the attention of the Upper Chamber to the bloodbath in the South East region of the country on Monday.

    Over 50 pro-Biafra protesters were killed across South East States and in Asaba, the Delta State capital, where two policemen were reportedly among those who died.

    The Deputy President of the Senate further noted that the country had recorded so much bloodshed in various parts of the country in the past and as such security agencies must apply caution in quelling perceived disturbances in any part of country so as to prevent young men and women from being sent to their untimely graves.

    Hear him: “Those of us who had the opportunity of looking at the papers this morning would know that most of the newspapers had front page stories of bloodbath in the South-East.

    “Yesterday, I had a number of calls about the disturbing clash between youths in different parts of the South East, South South and security agencies, leading to the death of many people; both the young men and security personnel.

    “I would like to use this opportunity under Order 43 to say that the security agencies must apply caution in trying to quell disturbances.
    “We have had so much of bloodbath in this country under different circumstances and we cannot continue to lose our young men because the future of this country belongs to them.

    “It is important that we rise to condemn any act of killing in any part of this country, especially the ones that concern the major part of our future, which remains the young men and women of this country.

    “We are now in a democracy and people should be entitled to speak their minds; to assemble under responsible and lawful circumstances; and the security agencies must also be responsible in dealing with those circumstances to ensure that lives are not lost unnecessarily.

    “I wish to bring this to the notice of the Senate for us to take note and possibly for the States involved to set up enquiries to find out what led to these clashes; the number of people lost and to ensure that this does not happen in the future.” - NAN

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  • Hungry soldiers even go after pots of soup as invasion of Gbamaturu continues! - Tompolo

    01/Jun/2016 // 2981 Viewers


    PARIS, JUNE 1, 2016: Widespread human abuses have been reported in Delta State following the armed invasion of the Gbamaturu Kingdom by the Nigerian troops in search of militants who have been accused of pipeline vandalism, ex-MEND leade Chief Government Ekpemupolo has alleged.

    In a statement issued on Sunday, May 29, 2016 Tompolo denied membership or sponsorship of the Niger Delta Avengers.

    He called on the members of the group to “put an end to this act of pipeline vandalism, as it will not do our dear country any good, especially in this critical period of our economic history.

    He said: “I still maintain that I know nothing about your group and the destruction of crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.

    “That notwithstanding, for the love of country and out of patriotism, I wish to appeal to you once again to stop the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, and embrace the path of dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria, as the government is ready to hear you out on whatever issues you wish to discuss with it.

    “You guys know that I do not know you and how to reach you, except through the mass media. If truly as you guys claimed that you are fighting for the well-being of the people of the Niger Delta, then you must adhere to this appeal, otherwise, the world will label you as criminals.

    “Come to think of the consequences of your actions in the region so far, particularly as it affects me and the people of Gbaramatu kingdom. Just yesterday (Saturday), the Nigerian Army invaded the ancestral headquarters of the kingdom, Oporoza town, under the guise of looking for members of your group, particularly me, who they have wickedly linked to your group, and unleashed mayhem on the innocent people of the community.

    “And this happened in my absence as I am currently out of Gbaramatu kingdom, but what I gathered from some of the victims of the Army invasion is unspeakable. Even pots of soup were not spared. The Army has massively looted resident homes, desecrated traditional places of worship, committed sacrilege, abominations and what have you.”

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  • IPOB, N’Delta Avengers: Buhari not learning from the past – Atiku

    01/Jun/2016 // 6012 Viewers


    Following the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta and related agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, has said that the All Progressives Congress-led government under President Muhammadu Buhari, has not learnt from the past administrations on how to tackle such challenge.
    Atiku, an APC stalwart, also called for a restructuring of the country’s unity, because every section of Nigeria virtually feels marginalised, “meaning, they believe that other segments of society are prospering in ways they are not.”
    Atiku was the number two citizen between 1999 and 2007 under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
    Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the public presentation of a book; We are all Biafrians, written by a journalist and scholar, Chido Onumah, the former vice-president said, the current “federal government is too big and too powerful relative to the federating states; that situation needs to change, and calling for that change is patriotic.”
    When asked to comment on the farmers/herdsmen skirmishes and similar agitations in some parts of the country and efforts by the current administration to nip them in the bud, Atiku said:
    “Again, here we come back to the same economic challenges that are facing the country, but we also have leadership that is not prepared to learn from the past and the leadership that is not prepared to lead.”
    While noting that the “amnesty programme in the Niger Delta should be about stick and carrot approach,” the APC leader, recalled that he decided not to serve on the power committee under his former boss, Obasanjo, because the administration did not agree with his gas-to-power idea.
    By this approach, he said, the system would be compartmentalised, whereby power will be generated from multiple sources, hence there won’t be heavy reliance on gas.
    While recalling some of his blueprints as a presidential aspirant in 2011, he listed amnesty programme, the creation of Ministry of Niger Delta right in the region, introduction of coast guards, as some of the ideas he propounded.
    On the state of the economy, the former vice-president urged Nigerians to be patient with President Buhari, even as he commended the administration for properly tackling the issue of Boko Haram insurgency.
    Speaking on the nation as presently constituted, Atiku said, “Nigeria is not working as well as it should.
    And part of the reason is the poor way we have structured our economy and governance especially since 1960.
    “We must refrain from assuming that anyone calling for restructuring of our federation is working for the breakup of our country. Absolutely not. And I reject that notion.

    “An excessively powerful centre does not equate to national unity. Absolutely not. If anything, it has made our unity more fragile, our government more unstable and our country more unsafe. We must re-negotiate our union in order to make it strong.”
    While urging Nigerians to support a restructured nation, he said: “Greater autonomy, power and resources for state and local authority will give the federations units greater freedom and flexibility to address local issues for their priorities and peculiarities.
    “It will reduce the premium placed on capturing power at the centre. It will reduce insecurity. It will promote healthy rivalry amongst federations units.”
    Continuing, the ex- VP said what the nation desired now is, “first, a smaller, leaner federal government with reduced responsibilities; this means devolution of powers and resources to states and local governments. State and local governments should control education, health, agriculture, roads and other infrastructure.
    “A true federal system will allow the federating states to keep their resources, while the federal government retains the power of taxation and regulatory authority over standards.
    The result will be a political and governmental system that empowers local authorities and gives them greater autonomy to address peculiar local issues, while enhancing accountability and contributing to the general good of the country. Such a robust federal system would reduce the tensions that
    are built into our current over-centralised system.
    “Second, autonomy for the component states and localities to determine their development priorities and wage structures.For instance, there is no reason for the governor of Akwa Ibom state to earn the same salary as the governor of Benue state or for a teacher in Orlu to earn the same salary as the one in Abuja or Port Harcourt.
    The costs of living and revenue generating capacities vary widely across the country.
    “Third, a tax-centred revenue base; modern democracies derive their revenues from taxation whether or not they have fossil fuels and other natural resources – personal income tax, property tax, sales tax, corporate tax, licences, and duties.
    Taxation is a sustainable revenue base and one that compels governments to promote increased economic activities, and respond to the demands of their taxpaying citizens.”
    Speaking on the motive of the author, the book reviewer, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, said the book is never about the breaking up of the country, rather, the author is very passionate about the unity and oneness of Nigeria.
    According to him, the book is an appeal to all Nigerians to embrace a country where equality, fairness and justice reign. -today.ng

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  • Niger Delta Avengers blow up Chevron oil well in spite of heavy military presence

    01/Jun/2016 // 484 Viewers


    PARIS, JUNE 1, 2016: CHEVRON,  the American oil conglomerate came under attack as the Niger Delta Avengers on Wednesday claimed it had struck at its  oil well 

    The Avengers tweeted that it carried out the bombing despite facilities being heavily guarded by armed soldiers. The attacks, it said , was carried out at about 3:44 a.m.

    It tweeted: “With the heavy presence of 100 Gunboats, 4 Warships and Jet Bombers NDA blew up Chevron Oil Well RMP 23 and RMP 24 3:44am this Morning.
    “This is to show the whole world that Nigeria Military is good in harassing innocent Civilians.”

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  • Pro-Biafra killings, Ekweremadu in fiery anger, summons Senate to probe killings

    01/Jun/2016 // 2767 Viewers


    PARIS, JUNE 1, 2016: (DGW) THE Nigerian upper legislative chamber has said it will probe the killings that took place in Onitsha and the rest of the south-east state between armed soldiers and pro-Biafra agitators.

    The military in a statement issued and released in Enugu, south-east Nigeria said no fewer than 50 pro-Biafra agitators were shot by its men who they said acted in self-defence which many doubted seeing that the agitators were unarmed.

    Other sources have it that casualties were recorded on both sides.
    The motion to probe the clashes and resultant killings was moved on Tuesday who said that the issue had become necessary and must be looked into by the Senate.

    Reacting to the death of the agitators, Senator Ekweremadu decried the highhandedness of the military who he said should have applied caution all things considered.

    “If you go through many newspapers this morning leading to the death of many people both the young men and security agencies, I will like to use this opportunity under Order 43 to say that the security agencies must apply caution in trying to quell disturbances.

    “We have had so much of bloodbath in this country under different circumstances and we cannot continue to loose young men and women because the future of this country belongs to them.

    “It is important that this Senate rise to condemn any act of killing in any part of this country especially with the one that concerns the major part of our future, which remains the young men and women of this country.

    “We are now in a democracy and people should be entitled to speak their mind, to assemble under responsible circumstances and security agencies must also be responsible in dealing with those circumstances to ensure that lives are not lost unnecessarily.

    “So I just wish to bring to the notice of the Senate for us to take note, and possibly the states involved to set up enquiry to find out what led to this clashes and the number of people lost and to ensure that this doesn’t happen in future”, Ekweremadu said.

    In his response to the Point or Order, Senate President Bukola Saraki  concurred with Ekweremadu’s call for a deep look into the matter with a view to punishing the offenders no matter whose ox is gored.

    “Distinguished colleagues, deputy senate president brought this to my attention in line with our rules on Order 43 on this unfortunate incident that has happened and by our rules there cannot be any debate on it.

    “But I think that the point he has raised is we must all draw attention and see what necessary action will be taken in other to address this matter”, Dr. Bukola Saraki concluded.

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  • Fulani Herdsmen: We'll respond If for any reason anybody tries to deny us access to any part of Nigeria - Prof. Ango Abdullahi

    01/Jun/2016 // 15446 Viewers


    PARIS, JUNE 1, 2016: (DGW) PROF. Ango Abdullahi, the former Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has declared nobody in Nigeria can deny Fulani herdsmen access to any part of Nigeria.

    The Fulani herdsman is a business man and could never be denied access to grazing fields available to him anywhere in the country to run his business.

    The former university chancellor threatened that if for any reason anyone tries to deny him access, they will take measure to respond.

    His words:

    “And if for any reason, somebody in one section of this country will deny him access then we have to take measures to response to that. We are not saying that if a herdsman encroaches on a farm land and this has been the tradition here for years; when they do some crops get damaged and an assessment is made and they pay. So why all the petty attitude?

    “I see what is happening today as a new dimension to political and ethnic cleansing that if not carefully handled may lead to other big things. The herdsman is a Nigerian his rights must be exercised as a Nigerian he has free movement like everybody else to pursue legitimate business and he cannot be denied access to any part of the country,” he added.

    He further disclosed that, “I am a Fulani man my ancestors were in the bush, but we find reasons to settle in one place. I have cows and anytime they cause damage I pay compensation and so that is the way it will be.

    “The Fulani man is a Nigerian he has rights like any other Nigerian he works freely to access legitimate economic resources of this country like land. Land is common thing for all Nigerians. In fact, what really amazes me there is no Nigerian I know that works as hard as a herdsman; he sleeps on the branches of trees he has no permanent abode, he toils day and night with his animals.”

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  • Militants back Pro-Biafra agitators, give FG June 3 ultimatum

    01/Jun/2016 // 1490 Viewers


    Niger Delta militants on Wednesday gave the Federal Government till Friday, June 3, 2016 to release the corpses of 10 pro-Biafra agitators.

    The ultimatum is coming four days after some supporters of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra were killed during a clash with security agencies in Onitsha, Anambra State.

    The militants also threatened to avenge “unprovoked” killing of Biafra supporters by security operatives.

    In a statement issued online, the Niger Delta militants explained that their decision to avenge the attack on the pro-Biafra protesters was reached after an emergency meeting organised by some leaders of various militant groups in the oil rich region.

    “If Federal Government fails to release them (corpses) by Friday, June 3, 2016, they will hear from us from Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Edo States,” the militants said.

    The leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Democratic Front, Precious Iyoyo, aka General Playboy; and his counterpart of the Concerned Militant Leaders, General Ben, pointed out that it was depressing to observe the level of tactlessness displayed against the people.

    They expressed their sympathy for Biafra, adding that they were aware of how members of MASSOB, the Indigenous People of Biafra and the Biafra Independent Movement were killed without provocation.

    The militants vowed to go after security operatives in an unprecedented manner, adding that the operation would be carried both on the sea and on the land.

    General Ben had specifically said the Federal Government has simply declared war against innocent Nigerians through the action of security operatives on Monday.

    He said, “It is now war between the militants and security men. Since innocent and helpless citizens, especially from South-South and South East, have been marked for extinction, we will defend our people.” - Punch

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  • 48 unarmed youths killed in Anambra by security agents – IPOB

    01/June/2016 // 663 Viewers


    PARIS, JUNE 1, 2016: (DGW) No fewer than 48 IPOB members were killed by Nigeria's security agents during Tuesday's rally to mark the historic declaration of the Republic of Biafra, the Indigenous People Of Biafra has reported.

    IPOB said that the struggle for the realization of a free, independent Biafran state has only just begun adding that it will not be deterred by the highhandedness and killings of its members who have died in the ongoing struggle.

    In a statement signed by its spokespersons, Emma Mmezu and Clifford Iroanya, the group vowed to go back to drawing board to reconsider its continuation of the non-violent struggle.

    The statement reads, “Beginning at 1.30am Monday 30th May, Brutal repression, was ordered on unarmed youths at St Edmund’s Church Compound, Nkpor, Anambra State, 23 were gunned down before dawn.
    “Onitsha bridge was blocked by the same military goons, to stop our people from Delta and beyond from linking up with the crowd in Anambra. 16 were gunned down there. All around Onitsha and environs, brutal crackdown ensued all over the town, before noon, another 9 souls were destroyed.

    “Totaling 48 lives in all, over a hundred, injured some with live threatening gunshot wounds and hundreds captured and driven away.
    “As the blood thirsty soldiers jubilate over their destruction of innocent lives and Pharaoh grinning with satisfaction, the land is aghast, with shock, sorrow and indescribable pain in their hearts.
    “As the authorities churn out infantile lies about policemen being attacked (lies only the Govt. owned news agency spewed), in order to paint us black in their weak attempt to incite the public against us, we wonder why they believe that the public are so naive and gullible to believe such wild tales.

    “The belief that cold blooded murders and spewing out falsehood to the public in order to justify this premeditated genocide, will eventually force us to love Nigeria, is actually idiotic.”

    Accusing leaders of the South East of endorsing the massacre of those who have chosen to reckon with the Biafra struggle, IPOB said, “The conspiracy with political leaders to secretly endorse this mindless bloodletting by keeping quiet, cannot succeed in burying the truth.
    “The truth is like seeds; it germinates when buried and grows into thick indestructible foliage.

    “The blood of our brothers murdered in Onitsha and elsewhere on Monday will only germinate to a thick irrepressible forest of truth, valour and freedom.

    “Those who are scared that the crumbling edifice of 36 unviable states, created by oppressive military cabals from one section of Nigeria, cannot survive displayed their fears that this house has fallen, to all, by their brutal killing of innocent unarmed youths, whose only crime is the prayer for freedom from this hostile prison. That freedom is inevitable; these senseless deaths are prize for freedom.

    “Only insecure, weak and clueless despots resort to brutal killing of civilian populace. History attests, that insecure and weak despots, have never survived their assault on truth.

    “In spite of the callous killing and conspiracy of silence by cowardly eastern leaders, who have been cowed into submission, by Pharaoh and his minions, we remain unbowed, undaunted and resolute.

    “As we go back to drawing board to reconsider the continuation or otherwise of our non-violence credo, we assure those who came to power, only to sustain an unworkable structure, that the blood of our brothers, like the blood of Abel will continue to testify against them,” the statement read.

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  • Breaking: Afenifere, Ohanaeze back Atiku’s call for restructuring

    01/June/2016 // 2344 Viewers


    Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has said restructuring Nigeria holds the key to resolving agitations fuelled by feelings of marginalisation among the nation’s component units.

    Atiku said this in his remarks during the public presentation of a book titled, “We are all Biafrans,” written by Chido Onumah, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

    According to him, it is wrong to assume that everyone who calls for restructuring is advocating the dismemberment of the Nigerian state.

    He explained that Nigeria as “it is structured today is not working” and as such it was necessary to take a second look at the structure with a view to reforming it into a workable entity.

    Atiku noted that while the posting of policemen from one part of the country to another could achieve cultural integration, it would do little if there was nothing to deal with the security challenges in the affected areas.

    He said, “Agitations by many right-thinking Nigerians call for a restructuring and a renewal of our federation to make it less centralised, less suffocating and less dictatorial in the affairs of our country’s constituent units and localities.”

    “As some of you may know, I have for a long time advocated the need to restructure our federation. Our current structure and the practices it has encouraged have been a major impediment to the economic and political development of our country.

    “In short, it has not served Nigeria well, and at the risk of reproach, it has not served my part of the country, the North, well.

    “The call for restructuring is even more relevant today in the light of the governance and economic challenges facing us.  And the rising tide of agitations, some militancy and violence, require a reset in our relationships as a united nation.

    “Some may say that we are saddled with more urgent challenges, including rebuilding our battered economy, creating jobs, fighting corruption and securing our people from terrorism and other forms of serious crimes.

    “I believe, however, that addressing the flaws in our federation will help us address some of those very economic and security challenges facing this country.”

    He, however, stressed that Nigeria must remain a united country because its potential was enormous.

    Atiku maintained that a united country, which most Nigerians desired, should never be taken for granted or taken as an evidence that Nigerians were content with the current structure of the federation.

    According to him, making that mistake might “set us on the path of losing the country we love or, as  Chindo  Onumah puts it, result in our country sleepwalking to disaster.”

    The politician also acknowledged that “no federal system is set for all time.”

     He observed that there were tensions arising from matters relating to the sharing of power, resources and responsibilities.

    Atiku explained that established democracies had developed peaceful mechanisms for resolving such conflicts among the tiers of government because they recognised that negotiations and compromises were eternal.

    Atiku recalled that the federal system  Nigeria inherited at independence was one which allowed the federating units to retain their autonomy to raise and retain revenues, promote development, and conduct their affairs as they saw fit, while engaging in healthy competition with others.

    Reacting, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and the apex socio-political association of the Igbo, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, have backed Atiku’s call for restructuring.

    They called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to adopt true federalism. This, they said, would provide solutions to the country’s problems.

    The Secretary General of Afenifere, Mr. Sehinde Arogbofa, who spoke for the group, said there was the need for the President to implement the report of the 2014 confab which, according to him, contains the solutions to the challenges facing the nation.

    He said, “The late Papa Obafemi Awolowo said that we have to restructure the country but as we are now, we don’t have a true federalism to favour any geographical region.

    “In a true federal structure, every component that makes up the federation would be allowed to exist at its own pace, which is not what is happening now. We have always preached what would make every component to be free, proud, develop and be ready to innovate.”

    He lamented that in spite of the all the clamouring, Buhari had not shown any signal that he would implement the confab report.

    Arogbofa added, “We have been calling on the present government to pick up the report of the 2014 confab, but it does not have the courage to pick it up. I don’t know why the President is not acting on the report and government is supposed to be a continuum.

    “If he continues to do certain things that are good, why doesn’t he do this? We are not saying he should implement everything but, at least, he would see some solutions in the confab report such that he would not need to set up committees for everything.”

    Also, a chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, described Atiku’s call for the restructuring of the federation as a welcome development.

    Adebanjo said, “Atiku’s view is a welcoming view. He has been consistent on the call for the need for the country to restructure. He wrote an opinion article during the national confab, stating that there was the need for the restructuring of the country.”

    Also, the President-General. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Enwo Igariwey, noted that the Ohanaeze and other delegates from the South-East had canvassed the restructuring of the country during the last national constitutional conference organised by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    Igariwey, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the telephone, said restructuring was in the best interest of the country.

    “That (restructuring) was our position during the last national constitutional conference. We have been calling for restructuring, we believe it is in the best interest of the country,” the Ohanaeze leader said.

    Atiku had in response to a question during the panel discussion on the solution to the renewed agitation in Niger Delta suggested that the Federal Government should apply the carrot and stick approach in dealing with fresh agitations from the Niger Delta.

    According to him, the issue of power supply will continue to be a challenge until the Niger Delta issue is resolved.

    Atiku said, “In 2007, before I ran for president, I met with various stakeholders on the Niger Delta issue and they came up with a policy.

    “Part of the recommendations was that, the ministry be moved to the Niger Delta and not Abuja. We have had administrations that did not do their homework on the Niger Delta.

    “If I had won, I would have sold 10 per cent shares in the NNPC; that will give me $20bn which would build infrastructure for the Niger Delta.”

    He however expressed sadness that we had always ended up with accidental leadership.

    The former Vice-President said the restoration of  peace and development to the Niger Delta would guarantee an end to pipeline vandalism. - Punch

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