By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
A group, the CONCERNED Professionals’ Congress, (CPC) has said the visit of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to the Niger Delta region would promote a positive engagement with the people.
Its Coordinator, Musa Tilde said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday.
Tilde said Osinbajo’s visit would also build the much-needed confidence in the zone towards achieving a lasting peace, stability and prosperity in the troubled oil-rich region and the nation in general.
According to him, the peace mission is fit, proper and timely, pointing out that it could not have come at a better time than now when certain mischievous misgivings were still being raised in some quarters about Federal Government’s plan for the region notwithstanding that President Muhammadu Buhari had taken some practical and decisive steps to address the Niger Delta question.
“It is evident that President Buhari has good plans for the Niger Delta and he has shown it in words and action except that profiteers from chaos are those creating problems and we should not allow them.
“The militancy in the region is a product of mischief. However, the offer of dialogue by the Federal Government in spite of the wanton vandalism of national oil and gas facilities by militants is the strength in leadership and statesmanship. This is the spirit behind the visit by the Vice President. We fully endorse it.
“We earnestly anticipate that this visit will significantly raise the bar of progressive understanding with the leaders and people of the region in relation to the collective yearnings of the rest of the country towards eliminating militancy, vandalism of national oil and gas installations, crude oil theft, illegal oil bunkering and all forms of crime and criminality bedeviling the area,” he said.