Paramount ruler of Siembiri Kingdom in Delta State, HRM Pere Charles Ayemi-Botu, is begging President Muhammadu Buhari to, to urgently withdraw combative looking military men from Niger Delta region and name his dialogue team for negotiation to take place.
Ayemi-Botu is contending that the heavy military presence in the region at a time the militants announced ceasefire would serve the country no good.
According to him, “Sequel to the acceptance of ceasefire, courtesy of monarchs and the leaders of the Niger Delta ten days ago by the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups, one would have expected President Buhari to announce his dialogue team as he did in early June, 2016, when he declared two weeks’ ceasefire preceding his medical trip to the UK.”
The Ijaw monarch wondered why President Buhari, instead of announcing his dialogue team, ordered the mobilisation of troops to the Niger Delta region under the pretext of military exercise, code-named ”Operation Crocodile Smile.”
He stressed that he appeared to be sending negative signals to all Nigerians, the international community and the whole world that the stage was now set to crush the militants at a time they had accepted ceasefire.
“We have been making frantic and passionate appeals in conjunction with the United States Consul General, Mr. John Braye, calling on both the Federal Government and the militants to sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue in order to proffer lasting solutions to the Niger Delta quagmire,” he said.