South South Monarchs met with Buhari over threat to declare Niger Delta Republic.
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with the South South Traditional Rulers at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari (l) welcomes the Amayanabo of Bonny, His Royal Majesty, Diette Spiff; the Amanayabo of Nembe Kingdom, Dr. Edmund Dakouru and other traditional rulers amid the group of onlookers the President conceded an assignment of the South Traditional Council at the State House, Abuja.
The meeting went ahead of the impact points of a threat by a Niger Delta Group to announce Niger Delta Republic, a different nation from Nigeria on June 1.
The meeting began at about 11.37am not long after the President signed the 2019 Appropriation Bill of N8. 92 trillion into law.
Be that as it may, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in an announcement said President Buhari at the meeting said the decimation of oil offices by vandals was harming the host communities, the majority of the people and the environment more than the government.
The President appealed to South-South Monarchs Forum, SSMF, led by King Edmund Daukoru, Mingi XII, Amanyanabo of Nembe Kingdom and the older folks of the zone to accomplish more to end pipeline vandalism in their communities.
As indicated by the statement, President Buhari advised the traditional rulers who came to compliment him on his re-election and talk about issues of explicit pertinence to the zone, that they were socially and generally situated to supplement government endeavors on upgrading security in the Niger Delta.
He, therefore, charged them to educate the youths on the dangers such nefarious activities posed to the environment and the economy.
He said, ‘‘You need to educate the people that the destruction of installations is hurting the majority of the people.
‘‘If pipelines are blown and the waters are polluted, it affects both the fishermen and farmers. Even the fishes in the sea are affected.
‘‘These people who blow up the installations are hurting the people more than they are hurting the government.”
President Buhari additionally discredited the spate of capturing in the territory, asking the royal fathers not to relent in their help to security offices to viably contain the negative pattern.
Reacting to a request by the group on 10 percent value support for host communities in strong minerals and whether the equivalent was pertinent to the oil part, President Buhari stated: ”The constitution is exceptionally aware of the manner in which assets are shared. The 13 percent deduction implies that with respect to whatever you are delivering, 13 percent is given to your States.
‘‘Then, whatever is offshore in the continental shelf belongs to the nation. Again your States get their own shares. This means your constituencies get two shares, the 13 per cent derivation and the balance in the continental shelf, which is shared among the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
‘‘If the 13 per cent or what is in the continental shelf is not getting to you then I think by now you ought to have known because you have qualitative leaders with great antecedents.
‘‘For example, when I was a junior officer, one of the royal fathers here was Governor of a State.
”Everyone knows him and he has ceaselessly been in the spotlight of the political issues of the nation, and if the Federal Government is swindling you by precluding you part from claiming the 13 percent derivation or the balance from the continental shelf, you as the leader should have seen it at this point and brought it out.’
On Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), the President told the Forum that his administration was mindful of the core mandate of the commission.
‘‘We are concerned about the leadership of NDDC and we hope that money which is constitutionally allocated to it is properly utilised for infrastructure in the area.
‘‘Be assured that we are very mindful of the conditions in your area and how strategic your geopolitical zone is to the economy and stability of the country,’’ the President said.
Complimenting the President on his re-appointment, Daukoru stated: ”In exercise of our job as traditional rulers, we beg each one of the individuals who are discontent with the blemishes of our constituent procedure to thoughtfully rise above their complaints and to join the tremendous assignment we as a whole face of structure a safe and prosperous Nigeria.
” A readied content displayed by the Royal Father for the benefit of the Forum raised the issue of Niger Delta security, financial improvement, foundation, condition, and oil sector matters.
On oil sector matters, King Daukoru said: ‘‘Mr President, we think it is time to hold operators accountable for their lack of transparency in community development programmes.
’’ The traditional ruler accused the operators, among others, of ‘‘polarising communities and by-passing traditional authority by pandering to the interest of bully boys and their local militia.
’’ Speaking on behalf of Bayelsa Elders’ Council, HRM Alfred Diete-Spiff (former military governor, old Rivers State), the Amanyanabo of Twon-Brass Kingdom, appealed for more tangible Federal presence in Bayelsa.
He encouraged the Federal Government to give need consideration and grant contracts for Ogbia-Nembe-Brass Road, Yenegoa-Oporoma-Ukubie-Koluama Road, and Sagbama-Ekeremor-Agge-Road.
As per the Royal Father, the contracts for the construction of these streets were granted by him 50 years back as a military senator, but nothing much had happened.