ON JUNE 30, 2016
By Dapo Akinrefon
LAGOS—United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy, UNDEDSS, on Thursday, accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of toying with the nation’s unity and future.
Addressing newsmen after an executive meeting, UNDEDSS Secretary General, Mr Tony Uranta, stated that the Niger Delta has “unanimously resolved to resist any further attempts by the Federal Government to toy with Nigeria’s future by continuing to maliciously deploy the military in the region or attempting to deploy sinister divide and rule tactics against the region’s key actors.”
Uranta said that “President Muhammadu Buhari is advised to personally and visibly head a holistic solution-seeking strategy that will prove his commitment to a robustly sustainable peace in the region, for there to be true unity, stability and progress in Nigeria.”
He decried what he called “the ongoing farce by too many of President Buhari’s political friends and ministers, who are wasting time establishing so-called contact committees that will not resolve pertinent issues sustainable.”
He urged the Buhari administration to “return to the successful Yar’Adua template of 2009,” noting that former President Goodluck Jonathan failed to consolidate on Yar’Adua’s gains in the region.
According to him, the Federal Government has been made aware of how to resolve this avoidable crisis.
He also called on the President to address the nation on an indefinite government ceasefire to be matched by armed actors in the region, government’s commitment to the National Maritime University, Okerenkoko and, the appointment of a savvy Special Adviser (Niger Delta Affairs).