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Oil Facility Attacks Destroy People’s Livelihood And Future – Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday expressed displeasure with attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, saying that such damages are … Continue reading Oil Facility Attacks Destroy People’s Livelihood And Future – Osinbajo


Yemi Osinbajo on attacks on Oil Facility in Niger Delta
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday expressed displeasure with attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, saying that such damages are a destruction of facilities meant to help the people of the region.

Professor Osinbajo made the observation at a meeting with a delegation of Urhobo leaders at the Presidential Villa.

He said: “So much damage is being done. Governments will come and go, but this damages will ultimately destroy people’s livelihoods, aspirations and their future.

“Nobody else anywhere in the world will destroy the facilities meant to help them, there is no benefit whatsoever from the destruction”.

While maintaining that the Buhari administration would continue its outreach to leaders and groups in the Niger Delta in seeking peaceful solution to the crisis, Vice President Osinbajo called for understanding, especially on the part of the leaders of the region stressing that destruction and damage “does not lead to anything good”.

What Happened To The Monies?

Regarding the opened channels of communication and negotiation with the Niger Delta leaders and representatives, the Vice President assured them that President Muhammadu Buhari had shown exemplary leadership and was someone that could be trusted once he gave his word.

“He is quiet, but fiercely determined, once he makes up his mind and gives his word,” the VP observed, encouraging the Niger Delta people to work with the President.

Professor Osinbajo commended the leadership and understanding of the Urhobo Leaders of Thought led by its president, Mr Tuesday Onoge and the APC’s Gubernatorial Candidate in the 2015 elections, Olorogun Ortega Emerhor.

Earlier in his comments, Mr Onoge lamented that if the money sent to the Niger Delta in the last 16 years were judiciously spent, the people of the region would have benefitted. He then asked rhetorically “What happened to these monies?”.

Pledging support to the Federal Government, the leader of the delegation said the group had condemned oil and gas installations vandalism in the Niger Delta in its entirety and offered to assist in furthering peace in the area.

He also stated that the group supported the anti-corruption efforts of the Buhari administration.

Militancy had re-surged in the Niger Delta last year, with several attacks on oil facilities claimed by a group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers.

The are pushing for the emancipation of the region and more control of the natural resources in the region.

Recently, some leaders from the region presented a list of what the government should pursue in the region to regain the residents confidence and calm agitations.