By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”VICE-CHAIRMAN of Oporoza Federated Communities in Delta State, Apostle Clement Tonfawei, has asked the Federal Government to face the naked reality on ground in the Niger-Delta by massively developing the region instead of lobbying militants with amnesty to consent to his rule without trouble.
â€œWhat 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.
According to him, amnesty is not a welcome idea for now because there are several thousands of displaced persons in Gbaramatu Kingdom who have since May 13 been suffering the problem of pollution and the Federal Government has done nothing about them and the best the government can offer to the NigerianÂ people or the militants is amnesty.
He said:Â 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.
â€œThe 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 people.â€
Apostle Tonfawei, while commending Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) for donating relief material to displaced persons, appealed to the company to set up a committee that could help it discuss issues affecting its host communities.
â€œI believe that if this is done, the ugly situation that happened to them will not repeat itself again,â€ he said.