The federal government has been advised not to let the current crises which has engulfed Nigeria’s Niger Delta region to escalate, but to embrace negotiation with the groups involved.
This advice was given by the chairman of the Host Communities of Nigeria (HOSCON), Prince Mike Emuh in a press release.
The HOSCON, an association of oil-bearing communities drawn from the 10 oil and gas producing states, called on the federal government to embrace dialogue and hear what the groups in the region have to say, seeing they are not faceless and can be approachable.
“Granted, the activities of these groups are anti-Niger Delta and anti-Nigeria, as some oil-producing communities in the region have been declared no-go areas. However, their decision can be blamed on the government’s lukewarm approach to issues concerning the region; their actions are way of showing that they can do something for themselves, but government must seek some way of getting to hear from them and clean up the mess; this is the government’s mess,”Emuh said.
Emuh further pleaded with government to recall the soldiers who have been sent to such communities as agents of confrontation; saying, instead, that the soldiers should be watching the oil installations in the region and not leaving them unguarded.
“We agree that the nation’s defences are stretched at this time, but we must not leave our oil installations unguarded, if we want the rest of the world to take us seriously that we are trying to create a great business environment.
“All the government has to do is engage them in meaningful dialogue. Meanwhile, the militants should shield their sword and embrace dialogue,” he advised.