By Emma Amaize
WARRI -Â VICE-CHAIRMAN of the Oporoza Federated Communities in Delta State, Apostle Clement Tonfawei says the Federal Government should face the naked reality on ground in the Niger-Delta by massively developing the region instead of lobbying militants with amnesty to consent to its rule without trouble.
What the President is doing today by offering amnesty to the militants is to lobby the militants for him to rule peacefully and successfully and that is not the best way to get out of the problems of the regionâ€, he told newsmen in Warri.
His words, â€œThe amnesty is not a welcome idea for now because there are several thousands of displaced persons in my environment; they are suffering in different places since May 13 and up till now, the federal government has done nothing about them and the best the government can offer to the NigerianÂ people or the militants is amnestyâ€.
â€œThe N50 billion for the amnesty is uncalled for. Let the federal government allow the displaced persons from Gbaramatu kingdom return home and the government should be sincere about the development of the area; peace can only be sustained when there is justice.
â€œThere is nothing like federal government presence in Gbaramatu Kingdom; you cannot apply force in resolving the problems of the region, it is all about negotiating with the people and taking positive steps to alleviate their plight.
The government should stop lobbying for peace and face the reality on ground. This whole idea of paying some militants money or giving out money to group of persons will not bring the needed peace and development to the Niger Delta. The government should feel for the peopleâ€, he asserted.
Apostle Tonfawei, while commending Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) for donating relief material to displaced persons said,Â â€œI want to express gratitude to the company over the relief materials they donated to the displaced persons, despite what the company passed through, they were able to take relief materials to our people sacked from their communities by the federal government, I really want to thank the company for the kind gesture.
The company should set up a committee that can discuss the things affecting them with their host communities. I believe that if this is done, the ugly situation that happened to them will not repeat itself againâ€.