Heavy Protests Disrupts Osinbajo’s Meeting With Niger Delta Stakeholders
The second visit of acting President Yemi Osinbajo to Nigeria’s oil rich region didn’t go near as smoothly as his first weeks ago as protesters on Monday converged at the venue of a meeting between him and Niger Delta stakeholders in Edo State.
According to The Cable, protests erupted after Usani Uguru, Minister of State for Niger Delta, had finished his address.
Some of the protesters representing the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) demanded that Osinbajo visit some oil producing communities in the state.
The protesters, who’d prepared their regions to receive the acting president, were reportedly angered by his last minute change of schedule over “security concerns”.
“We were at the airport tarmac, we saw three helicopters, we thought Mr Acting President, who is a son of this region will come and visit the oil and gas producing communities,” one of the angry PANDEF protesters said at the venue of the meeting.
“We were waiting tirelessly since yesterday, preparing tirelessly for our August visitor, but surprisingly, we were told that because the place is not secured, the acting president cannot come.
“We say if you know our place is not secured enough for you to come, then leave our oil alone – leave our oil alone.”
Osinbajo later pacified the people, saying though he may not visit all the communities, he would definitely visit the oil producing region.
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