Few days ago, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu (“deputy” minister of petroleum) assured a gathering of prominent leaders comprising Isoko, Ijaw, Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ibiobio and others that president Buhari was not thinking of using military force to settle the Niger Delta crisis.
Kachikwu maintained that President Buhari is keen on using dialogue to resolving the Niger Delta problem.
A day after that speech, President Buhari sent troops to Niger Delta creeks and [neutralized] some militants.
Well, that escalated quickly!
President Buhari had on several occasions said his administration would not engage militants (at least during this period of dialogue).
President Buhari lied to his negotiators as the Nigerian Military launched an armed struggle in the oil-rich region.
Signs of imminent hostility was observed when the Nigerian military began deploying heavy weaponry and training sessions in the region.
The Nigerian Army said, “Our military training exercise is aimed at training our Special Forces and units has commenced.
“These units are currently located in the South-south geo-political zone of the country.
“The 133 Special Forces carried out a precursor operation to Exercise ‘Crocodile Smile’.
“The exercise is aimed at getting rid of all forms of criminal activities in the Niger Delta geopolitical region of Nigeria.
“Five militants that attacked the troops were [neutralized] in action, while numerous others were injured and 23 suspects were arrested.”
The exercise obviously turned into a battle session.
We have seen how the president changed the country to something dreary.
He promised to change Nigeria. We believed the Nigerian constitution would regulate him.
We underestimated his hate for core Nigerian values and blatant disregard for the Constitution.
Just as Lai Mohamed has become infamous in his lies, Buhari’s frequent untruths is breaking records.
As long as President Buhari is unwilling to work with people who do not share his opinions, the Niger Delta problem will continue until we finally collapse under it.
It is already collapsing. ₦405 to $1 dollar!