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Buhari’s Aides Must Show Open Concern For Nigeria’s Insecurity – OMPALAN

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

Members of Oil and Solid Mineral Producing Area Landlords’ Association of Nigeria (OMPALAN) have reached out to senior aides of President Buhari to embrace peace and present a common front to save Nigeria from terrorism, corruption and all kinds of lawlessness.

In a recent statement, the leaders revealed that they were bothered about the worsening security situation in the nation and asked for a quick solution to tackle the menace before it ruins the country.

The OMPALAN leaders, who met in Abuja to discuss the security issues and plan for a national workshop tagged: OMPALAN Forum for Peace and Unity in Nigeria, disclosed that the workshop is meant to drum support for the rule of law, peace, and unity of Nigeria.

The national President of the association, Bishop Azogu then urged aides of Buhari to show open concern for the insecurity that has claimed several precious lives.

His words, “The clamour for regional security to curb recurring incidents of mounting security breaches across the Country is gaining traction by the day. OMPALAN is rattled by the crescendo of a crime wave across the Country. We also share in the expressed concern by leaders of the various geopolitical zones that Governors of member states should ramp up effort to safeguard life and property in their various states.”

“However, OMPALAN calls for circumspection in the setting up of regional security outfits against the backdrop of mounting ethno-religious tensions and secessionist rhetoric because we feel that security outfits established on the strength of ethnic cleavages can hurt our priced national unity.”

“It is our expressed desire that the Federal authorities look into the merits of MISMAN as a veritable tool to navigate the Country out of murky waters and provides a conducive investment climate to launch the Country into the comity of progressive nations.

“There is growing public expectations for OMPALAN to shore up its responsibility of ensuring that development agencies prospecting in local communities deliver on their Corporate Social Responsibilities. NNPC-NLNG Trade 7 Project in Borno LGA, Rivers State has regrettably disenfranchised many States in the Niger Delta region that supply the critical gas from access to participatory rights to sustainable development.

“It is the contention of OMPALAN that NNPC-NLNG must comply with the global and local regulatory laws including the UNFCCC -CDN criteria of the Kyoto protocol article 12. It is pertinent to remind regulatory agencies that communities which fall within 50 km radius from the source of production are entitled to accruing benefits. OMPALAN is also concerned about massive lead poisoning in the North that occur as a result of non-compliance to environmental standards in mining activities.”

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