Osinbajo to meet militants, others in Niger Delta creeks


Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will Monday lead a high-level federal government’s delegation to Niger Delta communities as parts of the ongoing efforts towards ending the crisis in the region.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

Militants had claimed responsibilities for the series of attacks on oil and gas installations in the region, resulting in a sharp decline in production.

President Muhammadu Buhari had late last year met with elders and leaders as well as other stakeholders from Niger Delta with a view to resolving the crisis in the region.

Osinbajo’s spokesman stated yesterday that the delegation would be in Delta State on Monday, January 16 and visit Bayelsa and Rivers States at a later date to be announced soon.

The vice president’s aide did not name members of the delegation, but said they would interact with leaders and representatives of the oil-producing communities.

According to Akande, “The Buhari Presidency is fully committed to having an effective dialogue and positive engagement that will end the crisis in the oil-producing areas.”

He said the Presidency also believed that these visits would further boost the confidence necessary for the attainment of peace and prosperity in the Niger Delta region in particular and the nation in general. 

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