Paramount Ruler of Seimbiri Kingdom in Delta State, HRM (Pere) Charles Ayemi-Botu, has asked the federal government to speed up its dialogue with Niger Delta militants to save the country from economic collapse.
Ayemi-Botu, a former National Chairman of the Traditional Rulers of the Nine Oil and Gas-Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON, said until President Muhammadu Buhari steps into the crisis in the region, the violence would continue and could lead to the country’s break-up.
Ayemi-Botu, however, pleaded with the militants to halt their attacks on oil and gas facilities in the interest of peace and development.
“On his successful return from abroad, expectations were high that the president would put machinery in motion to start dialogue with the Avengers by nominating people after due consultations with governors of the affected states and inaugurate a committee with a deadline to submit their report.
‘‘It is likely that he will not renege on his avowed promise to implement the peace process in the Niger Delta as he has already started cleaning up the long-awaited environmental pollution in Ogoni and hopefully extend it to Delta, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom States,” he said.

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