Abuja - The Niger Delta Youth Coalition (NDYC) has dissuaded President Muhammadu Buhari against threatening militants in the Niger Delta with the deployment of the army.
The organisation instead called for a multi-sectoral solution to the crisis bedeviling the region as militants continue their campaign against oil companies.
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NDYC highlighted the importance of traditional leaders in finding lasting solutions.
National Coordinator of the NDYC, Emmanuel Ogba, said it was necessary for the Buhari led administration to apply wisdom in the handling of the current situation instead of warnings and threats to redeploy soldiers in the north-east to quash the activities of the militant agitators in the Niger Delta.
He meanwhile appealed to local traditional leaders to put the interests first when they meet Buhari as part of efforts to address the militancy in the region.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Ogba said the call had become necessary in view of the tension and high expectations of the people, coupled with the dwindling economic situation in the country.
Buhari is scheduled to meet with stakeholders in the region to map strategies to thwart the instability in the Niger Delta.
Ogba meanwhile advised the various militant groups to embrace peace pending the outcome of the expected meeting between Buhari and the Niger Delta stakeholders.
- CAJ News