The European Union, EU, has warned against the President Buhari led administration on a suspected “militarization” of the restive Niger Delta region.
The EU says while it falls within the ambit of the law to punish lawbreakers, military option alone is not the solution to the crisis.
Head of EU Delegation in Nigeria, Ambassador Michel Arrion, gave the warning during the weekend.
According to Arion, “I believe that what is happening in the Niger Delta deserves a global and approach.
“I don’t think a military response or an economic response or political response alone would be sufficient.
“So, as EU, we are involved in all those dimensions of the Niger Delta issues, politically, economically and also socially.
“We are at the disposal of the Nigerian authorities to support any kind of political process.”
His warning synchronizes with that of Chief Edwin Clark who had told the President to jettison military mentality.
According to Clark: “The Federal Government should realize that we are not in a military regime.
“We are in a democracy. Therefore, armed conflict would be disastrous. It will not help anybody.
“It will not help the government and it will not help the Niger Delta people.
“That is our advice to Mr. President and he should not sit on our demands for too long.
“These things must be attended to as soon as possible.
“We may not have this opportunity (of meeting him) again.
“If nothing is done for some time and you ask Niger Delta people to go and see Mr. President, they might not go again.
“When the President threatened Niger Delta with force, oil production fell to about a million barrels per day.
“Kachikwu had said since a dialogue was opened between our “boys” and FG, oil production has gone up to about 2.1 million BPD.
“So, if the Federal Government decides to occupy, attack, and [neutralize] our people, it would be very disastrous.”