Ekiti State Governor, r AyoFayose has urged President Buhari to dialogue with the Niger Delta Militants, especially the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) so as to end hostilities in the oil rich region and save Nigeria economy from imminent collapse. Fayose said President Buhari's failure to attend the flag-off of the Clean-Up Ogoni project today, because of threat from the Niger Delta Militants was a demonstration that the President had surrendered to the superior powers of the militants.
According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was shameful and embarrassing that President Buhari, a retired Military General could succumb to threat from militants despite that he told Nigerians that he was going to lead from the fronts.
"By not going to Ogoni today, because of threat from the NDA, our president has shown that he is actually afraid of the militants and the best thing to do in a situation like this is to dialogue with the militants so as to save Nigeria economy from imminent collapse.
"It also shows that the President's ability to secure Nigeria and its people is suspect because if the President could succumb to threat from militants and abandon his official function for his deputy, ordinary Nigerians should seek help elsewhere.
"The President should therefore save Nigeria the agony of military misadventure in the Niger Delta by holding dialogue with the militants with a view to resolving their grievances."
The Governor also reiterated that "the Niger Delta region as at today is still the golden goose laying the golden egg on which all other regions are surviving," saying; "Diversification as good as it sounds, takes time. We need to appreciate these regions as our only source of income."