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Relying on results, PMB directs Osinbajo to drive delegation on Niger Delta crisis
First presidential action since his resumption Monday has been performed by President Muhammadu Buhari as he has directed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to head the special presidential delegation.
Analysts say the directive may have stemmed from the unprecedented achievements Osinbajo had recorded during the recent peace tour of the region which apparently happened in President Buahri’s absence.
He charged him to work towards a lasting resolution of the crisis in the Niger Delta region.
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, retired Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, said the choice of Osinbajo as leader of the government’s fact-finding delegation to the crisis-ridden region was informed by President Buhari’s strategic plan to engender peace in the region.
Whereas osinbajo will lead government delegation, the Niger-Delta elders are to lead the regions group.
Boroh said this will meet the President’s expectations of not only building confidence among the people on government’s intentions but also help in its fact-finding mission on a workable and lasting solution.
According to him, “President Buhari knew what he was doing when he directed the Vice President to head the delegation.
“You need to see him in action when he visited different communities in the oil-producing states.
“There is no doubt that the President knows that peace in the Niger Delta region is crucial to the development of the entire country,’’ Boroh said.
Boroh recalled that “So far we have visited Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo states”.
“The next phase will be Cross River, Abia and Ondo states. By that, we would have covered the entire Niger Delta states.
“This visit is in two folds. It is both a confidence-building and a fact-finding mission because a lot of information has been heard about the Niger Delta but no single person can claim to know all about the Niger delta.
“It requires effort by all stakeholders toward ensuring that issues of the Niger delta are resolved,” he said.