President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to consider drafting former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to assist in de-escalating the crisis threatening to turn the Niger-Delta into a war-zone.
The oil-rich region has been tensed in recent weeks, following the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that claimed responsibility for several attacks on oil pipelines and installations.
The group threatened to bring Nigeria, which largely depends on oil, on its knees by reducing its oil and gas production to zero.
In a bid to diffuse tension as a result of military build-up in the region, President Buhari expressed his government’s readiness to engage leaders of the region including the aggrieved militants on the way out of the crisis and has ordered the military to cease fire.
National Coordinator of Adamawa Think Tank, Danladi Danasabe, said the former vice president “has a strong bond and appeal across the Niger Delta, developed over long years of political and business association. You know Atiku owns Intels and is arguably the biggest indigenous firm in the whole of the Niger Delta with over 50,000 employees.
“Whenever he runs for president, Turaki’s strongest grassroots support comes from the Niger Delta and I know for a fact that he used to hold regular meetings with leaders from the region and they trust him a lot.
“I also know that he is in pains now seeing what is happening in the Niger Delta and what the president needs to do is to give him the assignment and support,” Danasabe said.

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