By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”LEADERSÂ of the Niger Delta have been advised against using the crisis in the region to showcase themselves for political appointment and recognition to the detriment of the less privileged and ravaged rural people.
Co-ordinator of the Niger Delta Re-orientation Project, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, gave the advice in a statement, saying that â€œegocentric leaders have infiltrated the struggle and are now positioning themselves as contractors, negotiators, spokesmen and mediatorsâ€.
He called on the leaders to be bold enough to caution armed youths of the region when necessary to allow peace to prevail.
He said it had become necessary to challenge the leaders to take responsibilities in engaging and directing the less privileged youths, particularly the militants and the entire mass of the region toward a positive change and further charged them to be sincere in all their dealings.
According to him, most of the esteemed traditional rulers and political leaders have adopted chameleonic method/strategy designed to benefit themselves.
Mulade charged them to be more committed and bold enough to confront and present the issues affecting the region to all tiers of government and international organizations.
Comrade Mulade applauded Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and the Gbaramatu traditional council for their efforts at re-settling the displaced Gbaramatu indigenes to their various homes and for contributing immensely towards the return of normalcy to Gbaramatu Kingdom.
He appealed to political leaders in the region who are clamoring for political appointment/recognition to desist from infiltrating the armed youths to projects themselves as crises mediators/spokesmen and contractors, noting that would not produce the desired peace in the Niger Delta.