By Chinedum Philip
August 6, 2009
The Niger Delta Coalition Against Violence has called on President Umaru Yar’Adua to sack the minister of Petroleum Resources, Rilwanu Lukman.
The coalition said that sacking the minister will demonstrate the president’s commitment to the current peace process in the region.
The South-South Governors Forum started the campaign to get the minister sacked for his alleged insensitivity to the problems of the Niger Delta.
The coalition, in a communiqué issued at the end of its extra- ordinary meeting held in Port Harcourt on Tuesday and signed by Lekia Christian, president and James Febebebo, secretary said that there cannot be a peaceful resolution in the delta area with an enemy of the region presiding over the ministry that controls the natural wealth of the people.
The group pointed out that its problem with Mr. Lukman is not because he hails from the northern part of the country, but because his portfolio in the past and present has only impacted negatively on the lives of the people of the Niger Delta.