By Festus Ahon
ASABA-FORMER Delta State Governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Chief Sunny Onuesoke, Sunday stressed the need for vibrant young men to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the Niger Delta issue.
Faulting the Niger Delta leaders selection process of the proposed meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on the 29th of October, Onuesoke said those being invited for the dialogue does not represent all the ethnic groups in the Niger Delta region.
The former Governorship hopeful who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in Asaba, said; “as an environmentalist and a major stakeholder, I am against bombing of pipelines because there are aftermath effects on the environment. The solution still remains dialogue with the federal government; I don’t support sabotage of our natural resources.
“But the dialogue process must be carried out with more young vibrant leaders from the region who understand the pains of the people more. I want total reconciliation where the militants will come up with their grievances and channel it properly to the government. I am against the zigzag dialogue process; things must be done in a normal form. The militants does not know the negative effect of these bombings on the environment, crude oil has more than 100 byproducts, it is also associated with multiple diseases, either through plants, water and air.
“I am not a party to bombing of pipelines as a yardstick to draw the attention of the federal government to the neglect of the Niger Delta. We want dialogue through capable men with impeccable character, not people with questionable characters. There are a lot of erudite young men in the Niger Delta that can discuss with the federal government for final solution to militancy in the area not past political office holders who will go for the dialogue for selfish reasons”.
To this end, Onuesoke enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari and his team to have a rethink and extend their invitation to “more young vibrant Niger Deltans who understand better the pains of the youths, so that the dialogue can put a stop to militancy in the region”.
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By Festus Ahon