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Buhari-11-1-2015

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THE people of the Niger Delta have assured President Muhammadu Buhari of their solidarity with the stated goals of his administration.

Speaking under the umbrella of the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), the people however urged the administration to note that while they were ready to identify with its development-agenda, the area should not be considered or treated as a conquered territory.

The group declared that it aligned with the programmes of the Buhari administration which it said must focus on a drastic lowering of the nation’s corruption index, expeditious improvement in the wellbeing of Nigerians establishment of the best systems nation-wide to ensure sustained economic growth, tenable social justice, and unblemished democratic institutions.

The Secretary General of UNDEDSS Mr. Tony Uranta in a statement urged the Buhari administration to put behind it the rancor of political campaigns and put in place an open and a more inclusive and more nationalistic government that is neither sectional nor partisan.

The group further urged President Buhari “to urgently devise ways of making his administration more accessible, less militaristic, and more ready to deploy the rule of law mechanisms to impartially interface with all persons or groups irrespective of their leanings.

It charged the administration to show adequate respect for separation of power and in particular accord the legislative and the judicial arms of government their needed independence and to distance itself from what it called “frighteningly increasing culture of impunity such as evidenced in its constant refusal to comply with orders on it by the Judiciary.”

It admonished the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be “visibly impartial, and must, in tandem with an impartial civil outfit, ensure that all future elections be free of the kind of violence and shenanigans that threatened to mar the Kogi Gubernatorial Elections, and that seriously threaten to set the Niger Delta ablaze even in advance of the Bayelsa Gubernatorial Elections.”

The group further urged that the legitimate duties and responsibilities of the civil security agents, including the Police, the Department of State Security [DSS] among others must not be hijacked by any other agencies of the government including the Armed Forces in controlling civil security flash points, including the monitoring, interfacing with, or control of non-armed persons or groups exercising their democratic rights and freedoms, as it tasked the government to open channels of communication with pro-Biafran protesters in the Southeast of the country.

The group charged the Federal Government to reassure Nigerians that it would not condone the atrocities of cattle herdsmen or rustlers anywhere in the country, noting that the Niger Delta region re-affirmed its belief only in a united Federal Republic of Nigeria premised on justice, equity, rule of law and truth.
It called on the government to “as a matter of urgent priority, begin addressing the Resolutions arrived at consensually by delegates to the 2014 Nigerian National Conference, as contained in “The Report of Nigeria’s 2014 National Conference.”

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Speaking under the umbrella of the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), the people however urged the administration to note that while they were ready to identify with its development-agenda, the area should not be considered or treated as a conquered territory.
The group declared that it aligned with the programmes of the Buhari administration which it said must focus on a drastic lowering of the nation’s corruption index, expeditious improvement in the wellbeing of Nigerians establishment of the best systems nation-wide to ensure sustained economic growth, tenable social justice, and unblemished democratic institutions.

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The group further urged President Buhari “to urgently devise ways of making his administration more accessible, less militaristic, and more ready to deploy the rule of law mechanisms to impartially interface with all persons or groups irrespective of their leanings.
It charged the administration to show adequate respect for separation of power and in particular accord the legislative and the judicial arms of government their needed independence and to distance itself from what it called “frighteningly increasing culture of impunity such as evidenced in its constant refusal to comply with orders on it by the Judiciary.”



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