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Boko Haram
A wall painted by Boko Haram in Damasak, March 24, 2015. Although the Nigerian Army are approaching a December deadline to retake territory held by the militant group, Boko Haram has continued to carry out deadly attacks in Nigeria and its neighbors. | Joe Penney/Reuters

Boko Haram, has set up an FM station broadcasting on 96.8 frequency, the Hausa service of Voice of America reports.

According to the report, villagers living in the village of Tolkomari in the far north state of Cameroon said they tune to the station which spreads Boko Haram’s propaganda challenging statements from the Nigerian government claiming that it is winning the war against the world’s deadliest terrorist group.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has, practically declared victory over Boko Haram saying, at various times, that the terrorist group is “technically defeated“, “decimated“, “unable to launch spectacular attacks“, “on the run“, and “dying of starvation“.

This week, the group launched a daring attack on a village near Chibok Town in Borno State, killed 4 people and kidnapped 3 women.

Read the report in Hausa below:

Kungiyar Boko haram sun bude wani tashar radiyo na FM, wanda suke watsa farfaganda na kalubalatar kasashen dake yaki dasu ke fadi na cewa ana samun galaba akansu, wannan gidan radiyo dai an kafa shine garin Tolkomari a jihar arewa mai nisa kan iyakar Najeriya da kasar Kamaru.

Suna watsa shirye shiryen su a zangon FM, akan mita 96.8, jama’a a garin na Tolkomari, sun ce suna kamo tashar wannan gidan radiyo.

Wannan lamari dai yan ciwa gwamnatin kasar ta Kamaru tuwo a kwarya domin gano inda ‘yan kungiyar ta Boko Haram, ke watsa shirye shiryen su, amma masu iya Magana na cewa idan aka juri zuwa kogi da tulu wata rana za’a dawo da gammo.

Tunde Fowler, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS
Tunde Fowler, executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service | FIRS Website

Another secret recruitment has been uncovered in a federal government agency. This time, it is the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, that is embroiled in a scandal over the illegal employment exercise carried out by its executive chairman, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, a Buhari appointee.

Fowler, who is a protege of a co-founder and disputed national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has been found to have overseen a recruitment exercise that did not follow the rules of employment in the public service.

The 349 roles at the Federal Inland Revenue Service were not advertised, according to citizen reporter website, SaharaReporters, and the recruitment exercise was shrouded in secrecy.

Not only that, the new FIRS recruitment did not follow federal character principles with some regions and states being short changed while some were “rewarded” according to the infamous “97% vs 5%” principles of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to investigations the new recruits were inducted to the FIRS in Abuja on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

It was gathered that this would not be the first time Mr. Fowler had shown disdain for laid down civil service rules. Earlier in his tenure, which began in August 2015, Fowler was accused of hiring 250 new staff without obtaining the approval of the Federal Character Commission as required by law.

Fowler dismissed the allegations at the time claiming that he had not hired full-time staff but “consultants”.

You may view the full list below and the story continues below it. 

Secret Recruitment List At FIRS by The Trent

The detailed list first reported by SaharaReporters, shows states of origin, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, academic qualifications, recommended ranks and proposed duty stations of the new FIRS recruits.

Six of the new FIRS staff are deputy directors, 10 are assistant directors, 34 are deputy managers, while the rest are senior managers, managers, assistant managers and officers. All the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory are represented on the list.  An initial review shows Akwa Ibom State got 6 slots while Katsina has 18, Kano 15, and Borno 23. Gombe and Ondo have 13 slots. Lagos State has 14 slots.

The document above have no states of origin or qualification beside some named leaving one to wonder if they are even qualified for the roles given them.

Spokesman for the FIRS, Mr. Wahab Gbadamosi had emailed an official response to an news website on the controversial recruitment exercise last week saying, “Please note that requisite agencies of government approved the targeted recruitment by the FIRS. Due process in recruiting into a federal government agency- was followed.”

Gbadamosi extolled the FIRS as “a conscientious, law-abiding institution which adheres to statutory rules and procedures” and then said that the press should allow the FIRS “concentrate on its duty to collect revenue of N4. 9 trillion to meet its 2016 target”.

Gbadamosi, however, failed to indicate if the vacancies were advertised and indicate the names of the “relevant agencies” that approved the illegal recruitment exercise.

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Nigeria's Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The minister of information and culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, says contrary to the belief in certain quarters, the executive and legislative arms of the Nigerian government are working harmoniously to improve the social and economic well-being of the citizenry.

The minister made the remarks in Abuja on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 when he received the senate committee on media and public affairs, led by its chairman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, on a courtesy visit to his office.

According to a statement issued in Abuja by Segun Adeyemi, a media aide to the minister of information, on Thursday, Lai Mohammed restated the commitment of the present administration to ensuring good governance, providing adequate security and revamping the economy in order to deliver the change that Nigerians are yearning for.

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“If the spokesman of the senate wants to meet the spokesman of government, that says a lot about the trust, understanding and also the confidence between the two arms of government.  This visit will also show the world that the so-called feud between the executive arm of government and the legislative arm is only the figment of their own imagination,” he said. ‎

“It proves once again that this government, each arm of the government, is working in tandem. They recognize security, the economy and good governance as the sole pillars of any government,” he said.

The minister said upon assumption of office, he adopted creative and pragmatic approach to bridge the communication gap between the government and the people in order to deepen democracy and inspire trust and confidence among the people.

“We realize the importance of information to the deepening and sustenance of democracy and to that extent, we have evolved means to ensure that there is no communication gap between the government and those that are governed. We put people right in the centre of our communication strategy. We know that the moment that gap exist then you create opportunity for mischief makers, misconception, half truths and downright falsehood,” he said.

Mr. Lai Mohammed identified town hall meetings as a deliberate strategy adopted by the government to communicate with the people directly to inform them about the policies and programmes of the government and at the same time get feedback on their perception of government.

He disclosed that the government will soon hold a summit on National Rebirth, Values and Ethics during which the National Re-orientation Campaign, tagged Change Begins with Me, will be launched.

In his remarks, Senator Abdullahi said though the challenges confronting the nation are surmountable, there is the need for greater value re-orientation.‎

He sought the collaboration of the minister in the efforts to promote actions that will bring about positive change in Nigeria. ‎

“As managers of the information and communication space of two critical arms of this democratic government, permit me to note that we need, more than ever before, to proactively work to promote and canvass for the urgent need to ensure genuine and sincere actions anchored on rule of law, due diligence and due process.

”In doing this, we must promote confidence building through genuine co-creation, co-action, co-operation, collaboration and co-ordination,” he said.

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Niger Delta militants pictured during the insurgency that rocked the region between 2005 and 2009. (Photo Credit: Tife Owolabi)

The new militant group operating in the oil-rich region of southern Nigeria, the Niger Delta Avengers has announced a new attack on a pipeline belonging to the state-owned oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in Akwa Ibom

In a tweet on Thursday, June 15, 2016 the militants claimed responsibility a “4.00am on an NNPC pipeline in Oruk Anam Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom”.

This is the first time that the Avengers have attacked an oil installation in Akwa Ibom State.

This latest attack comes as the group threatened oil giants and international refineries to desist from buying crude oil from Nigeria and threatened to sink two mother ships belonging to the companies if they don’t heed the Niger Delta Avengers warning.

The militants called on the international community to step in and ensure that justice in the ownership of natural resources is done in Nigeria as it accepted to negotiate with the Nigerian government only if a neutral third party was mediating.

In a lengthy editorial on its website titled, Enough of The Injustice, the Niger Delta Avengers decried the devastation that oil exploration and exploitation has done to the environment and communities in the Niger Delta Region and called for a change in the structure of Nigeria.

The Avengers also celebrated the news that foreign refineries are no longer accepting crude oil from Nigeria. “It is good as foreign refineries have stop buying Nigerian oil because the Nigerian state has been robbing the Niger Delta of her oil and gas. We will inform the international community when we are opened for business,” the group said in a grammatically challenged message.

Screengrab from website of Niger Delta Avengers
Screengrab from website of Niger Delta Avengers
Who are the Niger Delta Avengers

Niger Delta Avengers is a new militancy group that is operating in the oil-rich region of Southern Nigeria.

The militants say they are waging a war for a free Niger Delta Republic in what it tags, Operation Red Economy, with a view of halting crude oil production in Nigeria to force the government to grant the group’s demands.

The Avengers claim it has reduced oil production in the country to less than one million barrels a day. An analyst at VOA News corroborates the militants’ claims saying that oil production has dropped below one million barrels a day due to the waves of attacks on pipelines and oil installations.

The militant group has released its rules of engagement and says that it doesn’t kill anybody or attack oil workers or soldiers. The Delta Avengers called on all other groups operating in the region to abide by these rules of engagement. “We need God now, more than ever,” the group said in a statement.

The Niger Delta Avengers has presented an 11-point demand to President Muhammadu Buhari and the first is the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference. [Download Conference report HERE.]

Pro-Biafra secessionist group, Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has pledged “total allegiance” to the Niger Delta Avengers extolling the militant group for supporting the cause of a free Biafra. MASSOB embraces the tenets of nonviolence. It is led by Ralph Uwazuruike, a lawyer.

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari | Getty Images

Outrage greeted the news that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has hired 13 senior lawyers to defend him in a suit at a federal high court in Abuja challenging his eligibility for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over his failure to present his WAEC certificate.

The president’s legal team is made up of 13 senior advocates of Nigeria, SAN, and is led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).  The other lawyers on Buhari’s defence team are Mr. Lateef O. Fagbemi (SAN), Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu (SAN), Kola Awodein (SAN), Prof. Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), Charles Edosomwan (SAN), Emeka Ngige (SAN), Femi Atoyebi (SAN), Femi Falana (SAN), Funke Aboyade (SAN), H.O. Afolabi (SAN), Muiz Banire (SAN). Ten other lawyers are on the team.

An Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha-Ahaaiwe is challenging Buhari’s eligibility to contest for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because he did not sit for the Cambridge West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961 as he claimed in his form submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Nigerians took to social media to express their disappointment and anger that their president would fail to present a basic education certificate for secondary school. Buhari had sworn an oath while filing his form at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in 2014 that his original school certificates were with the military board. The Nigerian Army had issued a statement denying being in possession of the retired general’s certificates in the heat of the 2015 elections.

Below are some of the messages on microblogging website Twitter using the hashtag, #PMBShowUsYourCertificate and #PMBShowUsUrCertificate.

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Borno Boko Haram Featured A woman stands next to a burnt house in the aftermath of what Nigerian authorities said was heavy fighting between security forces and Islamist militants in Baga
A woman stands next to a burnt house in the aftermath of what Nigerian authorities said was heavy fighting between security forces and Islamist militants in Baga, a fishing town on the shores of Lake Chad, adjacent to the Chadian border, April 21, 2013. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Stringer)

Boko Haram has attacked a village near Chibok Town in Borno killing four villagers and kidnapping three women on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, survivors say.

Boko Haram fighters attacked Kautuva village at dawn, set houses ablaze and fired on residents, according to villagers and a member of a vigilante group working with the army.

“Some of us were lucky to survive and ran to Chibok,” said a man who gave his name as Ali Pagu. Another resident said the jihadists had kidnapped three women.

Kautuva lies near Chibok, a town from where Boko Haram seized 276 girls from a school in April 2014, part of a seven-year-old insurgency to set up an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria. It has left some 15,000 people dead and more than 2 million displaced.

In May 2015, one of the missing Chibok girls reappeared on the edge of Sambisa Forest and was found by local vigilante. In a surprise move, the Nigerian government claimed that the army had rescued her with her 4-month old baby and Boko Haram husband. President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to rescue the rest of the girls.

Dozens of the girls escaped in the initial melee in 2014 but more than 200 remained missing. Parents accused former president Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s leader at the time of the kidnappings, of not doing enough to track down the girls and bring them home.

Boko Haram, which last year pledged loyalty to the radical group Islamic State, has kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children in their campaign to carve out an Islamist caliphate.

The US government, last week, said it had not found any major links between ISIS and Boko Haram, dismissing the terrorists claims as propaganda.

Under Buhari’s command and aided by Nigeria’s neighbors, the army has recaptured most territory once lost to Boko Haram, but the group still regularly stages suicide bombings.

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The Bayelsa State Physical Planning Tribunal in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa have summoned the directors of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, and Chevron Nigeria Limited to appear before it on Monday, June 30 2016, over an alleged violation of court order.

The tribunal also threatened to seek bench warrant if the representatives of the two multinational oil companies fail to appear.

It was learnt on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 that their summon sequel to the failure of the companies to comply with the eviction order as granted by a Bayelsa High Court in April, 2016.

The Bayelsa state government had in a petition before the court accused SPDC of building Gbarain/Ubie Integrated Oil and Gas facility without official permit otherwise known as development permit.

Delivering his ruling on the petition, the court granted the state government leave to effect the eviction of the SPDC and all occupants of the premises to enable the physical planning board conduct environmental, health, technical integrity, and safety checks on the facility.

Also, the court directed the Commissioner of Police, the Commander of the Joint Task Force, (JTF) to facilitate the enforcement of the eviction order.

However, the SPDC in defiance to this order refused the government entry into the premises to carry out the inspection as required by law.

The Gbarain/Ubie facility was developed by SPDC on a two million square metres of land, (more than half of Lagos Island) in Bayelsa state without a development permit contrary to the provisions of the law and commissioned in 2010 despite subsisting stop work order and notice to discontinue the development without the permit.

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

Following a year of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari insisting against better advice to liberalize the naira and permit market forces to determine its value, the president has finally approved that CBN relax the rules on forex in the country. This means an instant devaluation of the country’s currency, the naira.

The president had Monday, hinted, to this decision with a cliche-filled editorial in the US news magazine, Wall Street Journal in which he called for free markets.

Mr. Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Wednesday, June 15 unfolded a new forex exchange market regime.

Here are the highlights of his address followed by an infographic on how this monetary policy direction would affect Nigerians.

Devaluing The Naira
Devaluing The Naira: IMF Boss, Christine Lagarde (2nd r), in a handshake with President Muhammadu Buhari while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (l) and CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele look on | State House Photo

1. Foreign reserves fell by 60% in 30 months: The fall in oil revenue has led to a drastic fall in foreign reserves, from about US$42.8 billion in January 2014 to about US$26.7 billion as of June 10, 2016.

2. Monthly FX earnings now less than $1 billion: CBN’s foreign exchange earnings have fallen from about US$3.2 billion monthly to current levels of below a billion dollars per month during the same period. This is attributable to low oil prices and attacks on oil installations, which reduced crude export.

3. Some needs still met: Despite the shortage of forex, CBN managed to meet some of its obligations regarding the following — matured LCs from commercial banks; importation of raw materials, plants, and equipment; importation of petroleum products; and payments for school fees, BTA, PTA, and related expenses.

4. Our reserves can still meet import needs: Despite having fallen, the FX reserve is still robust and able to cover about five months of Nigeria’s imports as against the international benchmark of three months. Domestic production of items restricted from the FX market is picking up nationwide, Emefiele said.

5. There will be only one FX market: The “new” market shall operate as a single market structure through the inter-bank/autonomous window. The CBN would participate in the market through periodic interventions to either buy or sell FX as the need arises. In other words, the CBN rate of $197 is gone for good.

6. The exchange rate would be purely market-driven: This will be done through the Thomson-Reuters Order Matching System as well as the Conversational Dealing Book.

7. There will be registered primary dealers: To improve the dynamics of the market, we will introduce FX Primary Dealers (FXPD) who would be registered by the CBN to deal directly with the Bank for large trade sizes on a two-way quotes basis. These Primary Dealers shall operate with other dealers in the Inter-bank market, amongst other obligations that will be stipulated in the Foreign Exchange Primary Dealers (FXPD) Guidelines, which would also be released immediately after this Press Briefing.

8. The “41 items” remain excluded: The 41 items classified as “Not Valid for Foreign Exchange” as detailed in a previous CBN circular shall remain inadmissible in the Nigerian FX market. Therefore, they would source from parallel market.

9. The CBN shall introduce non-deliverable OTCs: The over-the-counter (OTC) naira-settled futures, with daily rates on the CBN-approved FMDQ Trading and Reporting System, will be introduced. This is an entirely new product in the Nigerian FX market, which Emefiele says would help moderate volatility in the exchange rate by moving non-urgent FX demand from the spot to the futures market;

10. Authorised dealers to purchase “repatriations”: Proceeds of foreign investment inflows and international money transfers shall be purchased by authorised dealers at the Daily Inter-Bank Rate; and non-oil exporters are now allowed unfettered access to their FX proceeds, which shall be sold in the inter-bank market.

11. FX dealers to know themselves by Friday. The selected FX primary dealers will be notified by Friday June 17, 2016, according to Emefiele. All other non-primary dealers would remain valid and eligible to participate in the market. Inter-bank trading under the new guidelines will begin on Monday June 20, 2016.

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE TWO DAYS NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) MEETING OF THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA, CAN, HELD ON 14TH AND 15TH JUNE, 2016 AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, ABUJA.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, had a successful and blessed National Executive Council Meeting (NEC) held on 14th and 15th June, 2016 at the National Christian Centre Abuja.

The meeting which was well attended, had in attendance the National Officers of the Association, all the five (5) Heads of blocs, the Zonal Chairmen, the States Chairmen and delegates representing the five blocs of the Association; Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Christian Council of Nigeria(CCN) Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria/ Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(CPFN/PFN), TEKAN/ECWA, and Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC).

The meeting conducted a successful election that produced Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, candidate of the CCN as the President Elect and Elder Prof. Joseph Otubu, of the OAIC as Vice President Elect for the Association who will be inaugurated after the General Assembly Meeting of the Association to be held at a later date.
The NEC resolved as follows;

i. The meeting appreciates God almighty, the Head of the Church for His providence, protection and provision for the Nigeria Church and our nation.

ii. The meeting commends the National President of the Association His Eminence Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor for providing the enabling environment for the entire Church blocs to present candidates of their choice and participate in the just concluded election.

iii. The meeting also commended the chairman and members of the 2016 Electoral College for doing a diligent work that produced the candidates despite noticeable challenges.

iiii. The meeting appreciates the Government for allowing the church to conduct a free, peaceful and credible election into the office of the National President and Vice President as against the strong insinuation of their interference in the process leading to the election.

v. The meeting frowns at members of CAN who without exhausting in-house mechanism of Christian settlement of disputes among brethren resorted to self help by going to court of law as against the teaching of the Holy Bible. The meeting resolved that thorough reconciliation meetings be initiated to bring back to the fold aggrieved members of the Association.

vi. The meeting observed with serious concern the bill in the National Assembly seeking to create Grazing Reserve for a segment of herdsmen against the collective interest of farmers. The criminal menace of these herdsmen is now affecting almost all the states of the federation and one may be inclined to believe that this is an indirect way to Islamise Nigeria through violence. The church callson the Federal Government and the National Assembly to suspend consideration of this bill in its entirety and call for dialogue with stakeholders to give room for more inputs.

vii. The meeting noted with concern the recent High Court judgment in Osun State on the use of hijab in all schools including missionary schools. This development is unfortunate and may send a very wrong signal that Osun State Government is clearly favoring one religion over the other. The Osun State Government is hereby advised to be sensitive to religious matters of this nature for peaceful coexistence.

viii. The meeting condemns totally the ongoing persecution of the church in Nigeria, particularly those in the Northern Nigeria. The instance where a Christian elderly woman is murdered in cold blood for complaining against the blocking of her shop is worrisome. The situation where a Christian brother is beaten to a state of coma for eating in the afternoon during Ramadan fast is a clear evidence of the degree of intolerance of Christianity in some parts of the country especially where Sharia law is given prominence. The church demands that the perpetrators of these dastardly and barbaric acts be tried openly and punished to serve as a deterrent to others.

ix. The meeting also painfully noted with concern the attempt to smuggle a bill for the amendment of the constitution to provide for the criminal aspect of the Sharia legal system in the NigerianConstitution which will open doors for more persecution of Christians in Nigeria, especially those resident within the jurisdictions where Sharia law is being practiced.

x. The meeting appreciates the federal government and other donor countries, agencies and individuals on the proposed reconstruction of the North East Zone hitherto devastated by insurgency activities. However, its implementation must be seen to be fair especially to all those who suffered the brunt of the deadly attacks. The members of the Committee saddled with this responsibility must take critical note of the real victims and be guided by their conscience.

xi. The meeting calls on all Christians in Nigeria not to give up on peaceful coexistence and unity with themselves and their neighbors. As a major stakeholder in the Nigeria project we are committed to the peace, unity and progress of our great nation, Nigeria. Thank you and God bless Nigeria.

Signed

Rev. Dr. Musa Asake

Albert Uko
Director Legal & Public Affairs

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Nigerian Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu speaks during an interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria February 12, 2016. | Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

The federal government on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 assured the people of the Niger Delta that the on-going efforts aimed at addressing the issue of insecurity were not cosmetic but intended to achieve enduring peace and stability in the region.

Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, gave the assurance during a courtesy call on Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson.

He was accompanied by the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, General Paul Boroh (rtd).

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Kachikwu, who is also the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said the federal government was committed to “a financially driven and economically motivated pattern” of resolving security concerns and development in Bayelsa and the entire region.

The minister appealed to the Niger Delta agitators to embrace dialogue for the common good of all stakeholders, noting that oil as a God-given resource was endowed in the region to unify the people of the country.

Also speaking, General Boroh, who is also the co-ordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme described the on-going peace initiative as all-encompassing as it is designed to engage all stakeholders including fishermen in the creeks in terms of information gathering and dissemination towards achieving “a seamless and peaceful Niger Delta.”

In his his response, Governor Seriake Dickson commended the federal government for its approach in building consensus towards proffering lasting solutions towards ending insecurity in the Niger Delta.

He stated that the there were “no military wars to be fought in any community in the Niger Delta with armoured tanks and bullets but that of development, peace and prosperity”.

“But there are wars to be fought nevertheless. Those wars are wars of development, peace and stability and prosperity. Wars to conquer and reverse the degradation that has been done to our environment. Those are the challenges that call for collaborative efforts,” Dickson added.

The governor who reiterated the call for multinational oil companies to establish their corporate offices in Bayelsa State, said the move would assist to boost the local economy through the payment of appropriate taxes and levies.

While lending his voice to the call on the Niger Delta agitators, community leaders and other stakeholders to embrace peace across the region, he added that the people have a responsibility to ensure that the current peace initiatives succeed to engender development in the area.

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