The Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide (IYC), on Wednesday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to personally lead the negotiation with Niger Delta militants in the oil rich region.
This was said by the IYC President, Udengs Eradiri, while speaking with newsmen in, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.
Eradiri noted that the President should emulate his predecessors by heading the negotiation.
He said that the federal government should take the dialogue with the militants seriously and should avoid using selfish politicians.
“There is nothing on ground; I don’t trust the process (dialogue). There have been a plethora of negotiations in the past. All this government needs to do is to take a holistic approach to the problems of the Niger Delta. The issue is not about the Niger Delta people or the Ijaw; it is about leadership failure in Nigeria.”
“That’s why I have been praying for the President to be hale and hearty; the President should stand up, take the lead in solving the problems. There are success stories of his predecessors taking such steps.”
“That’s why the groundnut pyramid disappeared, when the government was not ready to cure the epidemic that was in vogue then. Cocoa disappeared from the South-West when they could not face it. Tomatoes are disappearing, because leadership is not responsible.”
“If Ebola comes now, Nigerians will all die because of the present attitude of government. The problem has been the failure of leadership, it is failing; let us restructure Nigeria.”
The IYC president called on the federal government to implement the report of the National Conference, noting that the report would be handy in restructuring the country.