Buhari directs Osinbajo to head delegation on Niger Delta crisis

FILE PHOTO: Acting President Osinbajo speaking at the Niger Delta town-hall stakeholder's meeting in Rivers State. 13th Feb 2017. Photo: Novo Isioro.

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to head a special presidential delegation charged with the task of resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta region.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Paul Boroh, disclosed this to journalists on Monday in Abuja.

Mr. Boroh said the choice of Mr. Osinbajo as leader of the government’s fact-finding delegation to the crisis-ridden region was informed by President Buhari’s strategic plan to engender peace in the region.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that before now, Niger-Delta elders were leading the delegation on the resolution of the crisis.

However, with the new presidential directive, Mr. Boroh said the vice president would henceforth head the delegation.

According to him, this will meet the president’s expectations of not only building confidence among the people on government’s intentions but also help in its fact-finding mission on a workable and lasting solution.

“President Buhari knew what he was doing when he directed the vice president to head the delegation.

“You need to see him in action when he visited different communities in the oil-producing states.

“There is no doubt that the president knows that peace in the Niger Delta region is crucial to the development of the entire country,’’ Mr. Boroh said.

He said the visit of the vice president to the Niger Delta was in phases to cover all Niger Delta states.

He said so far the delegation has visited Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo States.

“The next phase will be Cross River, Abia and Ondo states. By that we would have covered the entire Niger Delta states.

“This visit is in two folds. It is both a confidence-building and a fact-finding mission because a lot of information has been heard about the Niger Delta but no single person can claim to know all about the Niger delta.

“It requires effort by all stakeholders toward ensuring that issues of the Niger delta are resolved,” he said.

He also explained that efforts were on to pay beneficiaries of the amnesty programme studying abroad.

Mr. Boroh said the problem arose due to the inability of the Federal Government to meet its financial obligations in the various countries.

The coordinator said the Amnesty Office would have to offset a lot of liabilities when funds allocated to it were eventually released.

He, however, said that priority would be given to the foreign beneficiaries, especially those graduating soon.

Mr. Boroh said daily, the Amnesty Office deals with false allegations made against it by some aggrieved youth craving to benefit from the programme.

He said the programme is at the integration phase and it would be difficult to accommodate new entrants, who were not captured when the amnesty offer was first put in place.



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  • Mamman Bako

    What is new? Is this not what the VP has been doing?

    • Otile

      Buhari cannot be deploying Sunni soldiers and armed Fulani herdsmen in the Niger Delta and still pretends he loves the people. They want our oil not our prosperity. Shame on the parasites.

      • Julius

        How can a dead man be deploying anybody to do anything ? Can you explain that Mr. intellectual ? Shame on you the devil !

        • dele20

          What senseless trash are you saying, an evil wisher you are

          • Julius

            No dele, that was in reference to what otile Mr.intellectual buffoon said about Buhari. He said Buhari was dead which is evil and a lie !. He is quiet about that now tho. The dumbest intellectual that the creek ever produced after Jonathan !

      • aboki

        Otile I resolved never to reply your comments considering many factors
        a. For claiming to to be CHRISTIAN despite your anti Christ attitudes
        b. Your mischievous acts and inbuilt HATRED on PMB person and the government of the day.
        c. Your believed of realization OF BIAFRA REPUBLIC agenda through internet or DONALD TRUMP.
        d. Names calling and abusive languages thinking of you a grown up person alas opposite is real of you.
        I kept reminding you that DEATH is a NECESSARY END it would come when it’s supposed to come.
        I still st and by it.
        Northern Nigeria was and still beneficial to you and your parents despite being JUDAS.

    • dele20

      Thank God that you accept the fact that APC led administration is really working great

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Dr Junaid Muhammed once said that Buhari had no friends outside the North. This implies that there is nothing he would take part in that would make a southerner happy. Accordingly, the only person to act on the president’s behalf is Yemi Osinbajo.

    The implication is that Nigeria is now shared between the two leaders. While Buhari takes charge of the North, Osinbajo takes charge of the South.

    Division of labour, isn’t it?

  • dele20

    This is nice one from our president Buhari

    KUDOS to PMB
    KUDOS to osinbajo