ByÂ Ise-Oluwa Ige
Abuja – National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, yesterday said that the violence in Niger Delta region of the country would not stop in spite the on-going implementation of President Umaru Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s N50billion amnesty package.
Umeh who said that the crisis in the region was a manifestation of leadership failure declared that the only way out was for the powers-that-be in Abuja and in the region to allow the Niger DeltansÂ free hands to elect for themselves leaders that are willing and ready to address their needs rather than imposing those interested in looting their treasuries.
He spoke yesterday in Abuja while receiving members of Course 31 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos who visited the Corporate Headquarters of APGA in Wuse 2.
â€œWhat is happening in Niger Delta is failure of leadership. It is not what N50billion package can do. This is because this is paltry to what goes there every month.
The amnesty package cannot solve the problem in Niger Delta although it will give an ephemeral solution. Come to think of it, since the implementation of the amnesty package commenced, what I see on television are double barrel gunsÂ but on CNN, what we saw were sophisticated weapons. They are not surrendering the real weapons they are using there.
â€œIf you buy up their arms today, violence in the region wont stop. It will only stop when you allow them to elect their leaders, who will be truly committed to meeting the needs of the people and impact on their quality of lives,â€ he added.