Pro-Buhari Group Urges Niger Delta Militants To Present Harmonised Demands
*Urges Zone’s Elders To Pacify Aggrieved Militant Groups For Successful Dialogue
The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) canvasses a common endeavour among the aggrieved militant groups in the Niger Delta for the success of the on-going dialogue between the Federal Government and leaders from the zone on the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Development Forum (PANDEF).
BMSG says in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Mallam Muhammad Labbo and Secretary, Cassidy Maduke, that the dialogue as a good leap in efforts towards ensuring amicable resolution of crises in the Niger Delta.
The BMSG notes that the line of dialogue which the Federal Government opened with PANDEF is germane on the need to end hostilities in the Niger Delta zone The dialogue, the group contends, will help to bring the Niger Delta zone of Nigeria on board plans to end the biting recession in the country with full resumption of economic activities in the zone.
It hails the primary success that trailed the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leaders from Niger Delta, nothing that both the youths from the zone and the leaders need to henceforth work in synergy to crown all efforts towards ensuring the on-going dialogue produces very positive results.
BMSG, against this background, urges the plethora of militant groups to harmonise their demands and present a common position before the Federal Government through the elders who participated in the dialogue with the President.
BMSG says it would be counter-productive for the aggrieved Niger Delta militants to work at cross-purposes, while singing discordant tunes against every effort aimed towards addressing hostilities in the Niger Delta region.
The group observes it is about time leaders of thought in the Niger Delta seized the scope of their on-going dialogue with the Federal Government to take urgent and necessary steps towards pacifying the militant groups, many of who they are familiar with their need to unite and embrace the on-going dialogue for peace with the Federal Government.
BMSG sys the entire Niger Delta zone has a lot to gain from plans to return the zone to a lasting peace, given the multi-faceted programmes the government had proposed for developing the area, anchored on youths empowerment, education, infrastructural development, the clean-up of devastated lands in the oil producing areas, among others.
“We contend that since every conflict has always ended on a negotiation table, the aggrieved youths in the Niger Delta should see the on-going dialogue by the government with their leaders as a window of opportunity to address their own demands and collective desire to live as responsible citizens of Nigeria while doing away with militancy,” says the group.