Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has commended President
Mohammadu Buhari for listening to wise counsel by opting to negotiate
with the Niger Delta Militants, especially the Niger Delta Avengers
(NDA) and suspending military action, saying; “the President must face
the reality that democracy is about negotiation and concession.”

He however said there must be display of absolute sincerity from the
federal government such that the militants will have trust in the
process.

According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public
Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor maintained
that “the Niger Delta region as at today is still the golden goose
laying the golden eggs on which all other regions are surviving and it
will be suicidal for military action to be sustained against the
militants.”

Governor Fayose who, in a statement last week Thursday, advised
President Buhari to dialogue with the Niger Delta Militants, said he
was happy that “for the first time, the President took to advise and
suspended military actions in the Niger Delta and opted to dialogue
with the militants.”

He maintained that the President’s approach to civil unrests of any
kind had caused more security problems in the country, adding that
“the President must stop talking tough on issues that dialogue can
resolve.”

The governor said the hardline approach of President Buhari had
already cost Nigeria billions of dollars in revenue, adding that; “If
our daily crude oil production of 2.2 million barrels per day had been
sustained, Nigeria would have been having savings in the Excess Crude
Account by now.

“Crude oil bench mark is $38 per barrel while the oil is now being
sold at $50 per barrel, meaning that we would have been having $12 per
barrel saved in the Excess Crude Account.”

Governor Fayose called on members of the negotiation committee to see
the assignment giving to them as one that is highly important to the
revival of the country’s economy, saying that they should not act in
anyway that will suggest that they were not sincere.


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