Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to dialogue with the Niger Delta militants, especially the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) so as to end hostilities in the oil rich region and save Nigeria’s economy from imminent collapse.
Fayose said Buhari’s failure to attend the flag-off of the Clean-Up Ogoni project because of threat from the Niger Delta Militants was a demonstration that the President had surrendered to the superior powers of the militants.
“The President cannot afford to continue to talk tough on issues that dialogue can resolve,” Fayose said in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
“Now that the President has surrendered to the threat and intimidation of the Niger Delta Avengers, he should emulate late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua by having a roundtable talks with the Niger Delta militants.
“By not going to Ogoni yesterday, because of threat from the NDA, our president has shown that he is actually afraid of the militants and the best thing to do in a situation like this is to dialogue with the militants so as to save Nigeria economy from imminent collapse.
“It also shows that the President’s ability to secure Nigeria and its people is suspect because if the President could succumb to threat from militants and abandon his official function for his deputy, ordinary Nigerians should seek help elsewhere.
“The President should therefore save Nigeria the agony of military misadventure in the Niger Delta by holding dialogue with the militants with a view to resolving their grievances,” Fayose said.
He also reminded the president that as things stand, “the Niger Delta region … is still the golden goose laying the golden egg on which all other regions are surviving”. Diversification as good as it sounds, takes time. We need to appreciate these regions as our only source of income.”