The meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Niger Delta leaders is scheduled to hold today Tuesdayin Abuja.
Owning to the controversies that has generated among the Niger Delta leaders, The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, had on Monday, described the meeting as contentious.
He, however, said that though the increased controversy, negotiations would continue until the peace is restored and militancy in the oil-rich region was adequately resolved. The minister had earlier said that the leaders from the Niger Delta would with President on Tuesday.
Speaking on Monday during a gas conference in Abuja Kachikwu, said
“We are having our first meeting (tomorrow), which is already becoming very contentious. We would be surprised if it wasn’t. We were encouraged to continue to engage, despite these misunderstandings. I am personally committed to ensuring a very robust engagement with every stakeholder in the region to ensure the sense of inclusion.”
It was also learnt on Monday that elders, leaders and stakeholders of the region were still consulting in order to have a common front in their meeting with the President on Tuesday after having rejected the Federal Government’s move to launch a $10bn (N4tn) infrastructural rebirth investment programme in the area..
From investigations we learned that the the leaders of the Niger Delta have resolved their differences over the delegates list for the meeting.
The leader of the group led by Chief Edward Clark reportedly took a decision to blend the three different lists that came from different leaders of the region.
“All the ethnic groups in the Niger Delta would be represented in the meeting. For stance, Prof. Gabriel Darah, and Prof. Amos Utuamah would lead the Urhobos; the Olu of Warri nominated people including Chief Isaac Jemide for the Itsekiri; a former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Olisah Imegwu, will represent Ndokwa; and the President General of Isoko Development Union, Gen. Iduh Amadhe, will represent the Isoko people.”