Monday, 23 May 2016

Niger Delta Militants lack Sufficient knowledge of President Buhari change mantra - Ibe Kachikwu

Amidst continued bombing of oil facilities by militants in the Niger Delta, the Federal Government has linked their actions to lack of understanding of its policies.

GutsyNaija learnt that, The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who appraised the worrisome situation in the oil-rich region on Sunday in Benin, Edo State, said President Muhmmadu Buhari’s fight against corruption has forced enemies of the administration to resort to hostility and vandalism of crude oil pipelines and other national assets, especially in the Niger Delta region.

Kachikwu, who defended the government’s removal of subsidy on petrol, said the aggrieved members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) are being pushed unnecessarily by the policies of President Buhari because they lack sufficient knowledge of his change mantra.

According to GutsyNaijaThe minister spoke at the child dedication of the General Overseer, Rock of Ages Christian Assembly, Apostle Charles Osazuwa, in Benin City.

He said: “I have the hope that those who are offended by virtually (all) the policies that we have pursued and see it as opportunity to break the pipelines and express their anger will sooner or later, see the hope that we are trying very hard to produce and work with us to fix this country.

“I have the hope that soon, those groundnut pyramids we had in the North, which fed the whole of this country, those bans we had in the South, which fed the whole nation and we were able to export will bounce back,” Kachikwu said.

The minister continued: “We have the hope that agriculture will take hold and we shall feed our children and our communities and feed our externality to make this country an economic hub that will make Nigeria that giant again.”

The minister asserted that Nigeria will be great again and regain its past glory in the comity of nations.
“I urge all of you to begin to look at the country where you do not spend all your time criticising people and your leaders, criticising concepts and ideas, but empowering yourself because you are here for a purpose and to add value to Nigeria. It is not about me or the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun but, it is actually about you and the country - Nigeria and belief in your sense of service,” Kachikwu said.

Odigie- Oyegun, who acknowledged that the minister had been under fire lately as a result of the increase in pump price of petrol, admitted that Nigeria is passing through a difficult time.

The APC chairman appealed to Nigerians to change trajectory for the country to survive and achieve the change mantra of the Federal Government. He expressed the optimism that Nigeria will be great again, adding that “things will definitely get better progressively.”

“No question we are going through a very difficult time...But, things will definitely get better progressively. It is a journey, which we are set to complete. We are going through the period of labour and at the end, there will be rejoicing. This nation will be great again,” he said.

Meanwhile, residents of Ikeinghenbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State have fled the town following a clash between rival armed groups at an oilfield operated by Eni’s Nigerian subsidiary, Agip Oil Company (NAOC).

A resident, Mr. Ebidimo Joseph, said Sunday that the groups were struggling for the control of the Ogboinbiri-Tebidaba crude trunk line, which passed through the area.

He said the residents were scared and were leaving for neighbouring villages
“We understand that it is a conflict between two armed groups for access to the crude pipeline; one group claims to be working to safeguard the pipeline and the other group is believed to be that of vandals; they have been shooting.

“The sound of the gunfire is scary, and there is no sign of the Joint Task Force soldiers who are supposed to be patrolling the area; we have not seen any soldier,” Joseph told an online news medium