The National Coordinator of the Centre For Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to devote more attention to the development of oil-rich Niger Delta region in the New Year.
The activist noted that this was better than chasing perceived corrupt politicians and former militants from the area.
Mulade, who is also the Chairman of Kokodiagbene community of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State, stated this in his New Year message.
He regretted what he called the criminal neglect of the Niger Delta region over the years and implored President Buhari to focus on massive development of the region in 2017.
Mulade said: “Let President Buhari focus on the overall development of the Niger Delta region in 2017 and minimise chasing ex-militants and perceived corrupt politicians to sustain the relative peace in the area.
“We have observed with total dismay the endless chasing of perceived corrupt political enemies and ex-militants and it is my appeal to the President to focus on the development of the region to give hope and sense of belonging to the suffering people of the region.
“The focus of the President should be on the rapid development of the oil-rich Niger Delta region in this New Year. The administration should limit the chasing of ex-militants and perceived corrupt politicians and come out with the master plan for the development of the region.
“Previous time has been spent chasing ex-militants and perceived corrupt politicians who are not in the good book of the present administration. Let us channel energy, time and resources from now on for the development of the region rather than waste time on those things that will bring more lamentations to the people.” (The Nation)