Former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Sir Mike Mbama Okiro, now the Chairman of Police Service Commission, said he is seriously disturbed with the recent renew uprising by the Niger Delta militants and wishes to passionately appeal to the aggrieved militants, especially the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) to embrace peace.
Chief Okiro believes that the only panacea to the issues at stake for lasting resolution is dialogue. He therefore, enjoins the militants to embrace dialogue and corporate with the federal government for a peaceful co-existence of the nation.
In a statement on Monday by the Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Mr. Kayode Ibitomi, the Chairman also believes that the activities of the militants can only hurt the long term interest of the region as the destruction being perpetrated, would leave serious after-effects on the already devastated eco-system.
According to him, the activities of the militants is not only hurting Nigerians, but the real impact is wrecking havoc on Niger Deltans the more.
Okiro noted that “it is instructive to remember that oil is a depletable resource and the best option for the region is to use the present window of opportunity to re-negotiate a holistic template to provide the needed critical infrastructure to realistically develop the region in view of the looming post oil era.”
Okiro who is from Rivers State of the Niger Delta posits that since the Federal Government has demonstrated its commitment to addressing some of the major problems of the Niger Delta with the flag -off of the Ogoni Land oil spill, hence the need to seek for a peaceful resolution by sheathing their swords and embrace peace and dialogue.
It would be recalled that it is Sir Mike Okiro who was then, the Inspector-General of Police conceptualized the Amnesty Programme for the Niger Delta militants during the tenure of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.