Leaders of the Niger Delta region on Thursday expressed dismay over the present administration’s alleged attempts to humiliate the family of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The leaders, who gathered at the Delta residence of Edwin Clark, issued a communiqué at the end of a meeting organised by the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF.
The communiqué was signed by Clark and the Acting Chairman of PANDEF’s Central Working Committee, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd.), on Thursday.
The Niger Delta leaders also condemned the killings in Southern Kaduna, calling on the federal government to take proactive steps to forestall further killings in the area.
“PANDEF expresses concerns at the orchestrated assault on the family of former President Goodluck Jonathan with the obvious intention to humiliate him and (we) find the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari worrisome.
“The forum condemns the wanton destruction of lives and properties (sic) in Southern Kaduna and calls on the Federal Government to urgently ensure the safety of lives in the area.
“The forum takes very strong exception to the statement credited to the Special Adviser on Media to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, that the President was still in search of credible leaders of the Niger Delta with whom to negotiate with. This is an assault on the sensibilities and integrity of the people of the Niger Delta.
“The forum reiterates its earlier position on the urgent need for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation along the lines of fiscal federalism as the only sustainable solution to the Nigerian crisis.
In his welcome remark, Mr. Clark had said the militants were becoming impatient with the manner the federal government was handling the issue.