Instigated by bomb threats from the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF, the acting president convened an emergency security meeting.
The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo chaired the meeting. Other attendees included governors of oil producing states; service chiefs; and Minister of Defense, Dan Ali.
Updating State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Delta State stated that “We, governors of oil producing states, security chiefs and ministers who are concerned, met with the acting President and I believe we had a very fruitful meeting.
“One thing we identified, which is the synergy between the Federal Government and the states, which is very important, is that this meeting has raised a lot of issues and we believe that the collaboration will help us to tackle the issues in the Niger Delta.
“Of course, we were briefed by the service chiefs and the governors also have their own perspectives along with the Minister of State for Petroleum.
“We have taken a lot of decisions which will help us mitigate what is going on currently in the states, particularly Bayelsa and Delta. We believe we are going to find a solution to it.
“One of such is that there is a need for us to share intelligence which is very important and for us to be proactive, working together with the various stakeholders in the states to achieve a better result going forward.
“We have also agreed that there is a need to distill military operations by helping communities where the military needs to actually remain on our waterways to ensure that we adequately man the waterways, while we engage the communities and that engagement will start any moment from now.
Recall that following his ill-health, President Muhammadu Buhari officially wrote the National Assembly regarding handing over power to Osinbajo. The letter reads in part:
“In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, I wish to inform the distinguished Senate that I will be away on a short medical vacation from June 6 to 16.
“While I am away, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of my office. Please, accept, as always assurances of my highest esteemed consideration.”