*Explains why he launched campaign against pipeline vandalism
By Egufe Yafugborhi
CHIEF Ayiri Emami, investor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said his benefactor and former Delta state governor, Chief James Ibori who is serving jail term in the United Kingdom, UK, would return home to Nigeria not later than July this year.
Chief Emami, confidant of Chief Ibori, disclosed this on Friday in Warri where he hinted on his planned project to mobilise stakeholders and resources on a campaign to bring lasting solution to the menace of vandalisation of oil facilities which he said was causing huge damage to the nation’s economy. He said, “There have been speculations as to when Ibori would return, but I can confidently tell you that by June or at most July, he would return home to Nigeria and we all need him, especially in Delta to sanitize things again.
“If he were here, a lot of things would not have happened. Ibori was one of those who predicted that Goodluck Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, would not win the 2015 Presidential election. It was fear of the unknown that made his brother, former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to remain in PDP. I listened to Ibori, I had to leave” On content of his campaign to end pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta, Ayiri said, “Far from applying of force of arms to shut out the vandals. The whole idea is to ensure that the oil and gas being taken from the region make meaning in the lives of the host communities. We’ll not achieve this if the vandalisation continues.
“The gas Nigeria produces supplies electricity to several parts of the country, but the communities from where it is being extracted don’t have the electricity to use. The crude oil from the land is refined into fuel but there are no fuel distribution outlets to serve riverine communities so they perpetually buy from the black markets.
“People are shouting now about fuel scarcity because of recent irregularity in importation, but year in year out, coastal communities in Niger Delta never get fuel at the normal pump price. My campaign to unfold soon is to ensure adequate provision of infrastructure and opportunities in the oil producing environment so that vandalism will stop”, Ayiri added.