The governor, however, said there must be a display of absolute sincerity from the Federal Government such that the militants would have trust in the process
“The President must face the reality that democracy is about negotiation and concession,” he added.
According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor maintained that “the Niger Delta region as of today is still the golden goose laying the golden eggs on which all other regions are surviving and it will be suicidal for military action to be sustained against the militants.”
Fayose, who in a statement last week Thursday, advised the President to dialogue with the Niger Delta militants, said he was happy that “for the first time, the President took to his piece of advice and suspended military actions in the Niger Delta and opted to dialogue with the militants.”
He maintained that the President’s approach to civil unrests had caused more security problems in the country, adding that “the President must stop talking tough on issues that dialogue can resolve.”
The governor said the tough approach of President Buhari had already cost Nigeria billions of dollars in revenue.
“If our daily crude oil production of 2.2m barrels per day had been sustained, Nigeria would have been having savings in the Excess Crude Account by now.
“Crude oil benchmark is $38 per barrel while oil is now being sold at $50 per barrel, meaning that we would have been having $12 per barrel saved in the Excess Crude Account,” he said.