- Ex-militant leaders want President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the completion of the East-West road project
- President Buhari's attention was also drawn to the delay in the completion of the Ogoni cleanup
- Another request made by the former militant leaders is for oil multinationals t be compelled to engage youths from the region in gainful employment
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by ex-militants under the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) to look into the Ogoni cleanup to ensure the project is completed speedily.
The former militant leaders under the auspices of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI) also called on the president to increase the funding of the presidential amnesty programme.
According to the leaders, this will help in securing lives, encourage security and also increase the youths capacity in the region.
The national president of the LPCDI, Pastor Reuben Wilson popularly called ‘General’ Pastor, commended President Buhari for his input in the region, The Guardian reports.
He added that despite the peace in the region now, there was still a need for the leaders to have a meeting with Buhari to discuss some issues.
“We are writing this letter as a plea to the president to help and complete the East-West road, which has become a death trap, causing several losses of lives and damage to vehicles.
"He should also look into the Ogoni cleanup to ensure the project is speedily and successfully completed.
"We want the president to compel oil companies working in the region to engage the youths in the areas of their operations to avoid restiveness instead of importing workers from outside and thus sidelining the competent youths of the region, who have the requisite skills to be employed,” he stated.
Wilson added that if all these are done, it will end pipeline vandalism and other criminalities the Niger Delta region.
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Also speaking, the Rivers state coordinator of the group, Groundville Ideye, also known as Egbele, thanked Buhari for the love he has shown the region. He pleaded with the president to keep on supporting and funding the amnesty programme.
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) had earlier applauded Buhari for his continued support of the presidential amnesty programme.
According to the group, sustenance of the programme is key to the peace and stability in the oil-rich region.
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