Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is now the Enyioha 1 of Abia State, an honour bestowed on him by traditional rulers of the state.
Osinbajo visited Abia State on Friday, March 24, 2017 in his sustained effort to ensure peace in the restive Niger Delta region and other oil-producing states of the country.
Osinbajo travelled from Kaduna State where he met with Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Friday morning enroute Owerri, Imo State, before travelling to Abia
“VP Osinbajo (is) now in Abia state continuing FG’S interactive engagements with oil-producing communities,” Akande’s statement said.
“He went through Kaduna-Owerri to Abia “VP (is) accompanied by three ministers: Trade and Industry, Niger Delta and Petroleum Resources (state).” The entourage was reportedly received by the governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu.”
The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has struggled with relations with the people of the South South, the home of the Niger Delta, the owners of the oil and gas resources in the country.
President Buhari cast the tone for his relationship with the troubled oil region when a few weeks after his inauguration on May 29, 2015 he said that areas that gave him 5% votes (the South East and the South South), should not expected to be treated the same as areas that gave him 97% of the votes (North East and North West).
He has followed through his policy of marginalisation by attacking leaders – political, business, and traditional – from the Niger Delta. One of his early presidential orders was that the stipends to former Niger Delta militants who were under the Amnesty Programme be stopped.
The first president of Nigeria from the Niger Delta, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has been unfairly attacked by the Buhari regime in several forms under the guise of “anti-corruption” war. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has illegally clamped down on the bank accounts of former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, and those of leading businessmen and women from the region.
Because of the president’s anti-Niger Delta posture and policies, there has been a renewed restiveness in the region. The leading militant group in the region, the Niger Delta Avengers, successfully cut the oil production in the country from 2.2 million barrels a day to less than 600,000 barrels a day following a chain of attacks on oil installations.