President Bola Tinubu has called for the collaboration of traditional rulers in the Niger Delta region in maintaining enduring peace and security in the area.
This, Tinubu said is to ensure maximum oil production and enhancement of the economy.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Engr. Abubakar Momoh, disclosed this on Saturday while addressing a forum of the Delta State Traditional Rulers Council at the palace of their chairman, His Majesty, Major-General (Retd.) Felix Mujakperuo, Orhue I, the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom.
Momoh noted that the state becomes the sixth State he has so far visited in delivering the President’s message across the Niger Delta.
According to him, the present administration holds the traditional rulers in very high esteem “being the custodians of peace in any community”.
He said, “We are here to give you the goodwill message of Mr. President, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. And he has requested that I should appeal to the traditional rulers to help to keep maintaining the peace of this area so that there will be maximum production of oil, and to enhance the economic well-being of the country.”
The minister stated that the government knows that “the Niger Delta is a very volatile place”.
“And for us to maximize the economic potentials of Nigeria, the Niger Delta must be peaceful. And peace and security are amongst the topmost priorities of Mr. President as contained in his policy mission.
“And in order for us to have peace and security, there is no doubt that the traditional rulers and the Governors of the States would be highly involved. That’s why when we came today (Saturday), we started from the Office of the Governor of the State because when you are talking of physical stakeholders in any region, you should talk of the Governor of the State and you know that the traditional rulers are the next in terms of hierarchy,” He said.