Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s ongoing
dialogue in the region, which has so far taken him to Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa
and Imo states is in tune with demands of the people of Niger delta as a way of
restoring peace to the region and that which begin to experience results.
A top government official, who
spoke on condition of anonymity, on Sunday, confirmed this to some journalists
in Abuja on Sunday.
The official said a series of
meetings between Buhari and Osinbajo early this year resolved that the Federal
Government should embrace the oil-producing communities by encouraging their
leaders and traditional rulers, who met with President Muhammadu Buhari last
“President Buhari, in deciding to
take to such option that is in tune with the demand of oil producing community,
has also decided to play down the use of open military tactics and gave firm
instructions on this ahead of his delegation instructions to vice president
osinbajo to embark on the ongoing trips to Niger Delta states,” the source
The official added that Buhari’s
instruction to the Acting President, while embarking on the tour of the region,
was to ensure that “all interests are brought to the table, regardless of
parties or any other differing factors or cleavages.”
He disclosed that Buhari had also
instructed that the Amnesty Programme should not only be sustained but more
budgetary allocation should be made for the scheme.
He was said to have asked Osinbajo
to make the decision known to the communities during his visits.
He added, “It was also at the
meetings the President held with his deputy that President Buhari firmed up the
resolve that the Maritime University project in Delta State would be fully
supported by the Federal Government.
“Before then, there had been an
open disagreement between two ministers from the Niger Delta region on the fate
of the university.
“Besides, the President also asked
the Vice-President to ensure that during the visits, the communities should be
made to understand that the government is now interested in action and would do
its own part.
“The Vice-President was also asked
to secure from the communities a buy-in of peace and collaboration from state
governments and the oil companies in particular.”
He added that Buhari and Osinbajo
also agreed that any immediate and reasonable requests of the communities would
be considered to build confidence that all parties could then build upon.