Ijaw Leaders List Conditions To End Crisis In Niger Delta

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu (Middle) poses with the Niger Delta Monarchs
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu (Middle) poses with the Niger Delta Monarchs

Some traditional rulers from the Niger Delta Coastal States have given six conditions in order to restore peace in the region.

They gave the condition during a visit to the Minister of State for petroleum, Ibe kachikwu, on Thursday.

Williston Okirika, the traditional ruler of Gbaramatu kingdom, read out the conditions on behalf of the chiefs when they visited the

“We wish to state here that as a matter of urgency, the Federal government should appoint or constitute a federal government dialogue team.

“Release of 10 innocent school children arrested by the Nigerian Army on May 28th in Oporoza and others in detention on trumped up charges.

“Return of the golden sword, being the symbol of Authority of the gbaramatu traditional institution,” he said

Okirika added that the Nigerian Army must return the three traditional council speed boats in its custody.

He said the Military must cease the hostilities perpetrated by its personnel in the Niger Delta Region.

“Equally important, the federal government should make a categorical statement about the opening of the Maritime University- Okerenkoko, Delta State for academic activities in 2016 /2017 session,” Okirika said

He assured that traditional authorities in the Niger Delta would continue to support efforts that would restore peace and normalcy in the area.

Kachikwu commended the monarchs for the visit, saying that it was imperative that peace returns to the region.

He said the ceasefire announced by the Niger Delta Avengers was a welcome development, adding that every effort must be made to sustain it.

He however regretted that after the reported ceasefire, another pipeline was blown up in Nembe community, leading to the loss of about 150 barrels of oil and a high quantity of gas.

“This inability to stay steadfast creates military intervention because government cannot seat down and watch production go down,” the minister said.

    “The president has shown a lot of patience and believed that engaging the communities is the best model.

    “You should continue to reach out to others to ensure total cease fire because as production goes down it affects both states in tackling the financial burdens,” he said

    Kachikwu noted that FG had spent about 40 billion dollars in refurbishing the Niger Delta region in the last 10 years.

    He charged the royal father’s to ensure that money were channeled in the proper way for the region.

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