UNDEDSS Secretary, Mr. Tony Uranta, who made this disclosure, said they had drawn up proposals that captures the interests of all the parties involved in the agitation in the Niger Delta.
In a statement made available to ThisDay, the coalition said, “President Buhari knows what, exactly he needs to do to end the crisis today if he so desires. He probably has not because he has allowed his administration to be beset with too many petty rivalries, too many individuals jockeying for putative relevance, and too many party chieftains of Niger Delta origin who don’t have the interests of the region at heart!”
He said this is the position of UNDEDSS and other well-meaning Niger Delta citizens, who interfacing with patriotic members of the president’s inner cabinet and intelligence chieftains, have drawn up a proposal that should be ‘win-win’ for all parties concerned.
He further said, “This dynamically tweaked proposal is before Mr. President, the armed agitators in the creeks, the international community (including the UK & the USA) and other relevantly interested Nigerians like Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.
“The proposal is hinged on four vital prerequisites, viz., the affirmation by Mr. President that there is no change in policy regarding the need to commence Matriculation of students this year in the National Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State; the rebirth of the Niger Delta Council (with its five relevant sub-committees!) of President Yar Adua’s 2009 template.
“And the guarantee of safe passage for delegates to any dialogue locations, all armed parties publicly agree to a 60-days Armistice to be proposed by the FGN; and, the attendance of Foreign Observers (including Diplomats from the EU, UK & USA), to be invited by the FGN, to any such dialogue.