Once again, the Federal Government and stakeholders in the Niger Delta have embarked on another tedious and long process to achieve sustainable peace in the Niger Delta, presently engulfed by militancy.
When the late President Umaru Yar’Adua administration granted amnesty to Niger Delta militants and created the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in 2009, there was calm in the region. However, the much-awaited development that was supposed to complement the creation of that ministry and end militant hostilities has become a mirage. Thus, militants in the region are restive and once again expressing discontent with the degradation of their communities through oil exploration and government’s handling of the whole issue.
Perhaps, in cognisance of the fact that sustainable peace in Niger Delta might remain elusive, if government does not demonstrate the willingness and capacity to meet the needs and grievances of the people of the Niger Delta region, the presidency was spurred to convene the much-anticipated meeting with stakeholders in Abuja to find the best way to tackle the challenges that have continued to plague the region.