A telephone call from President Muhammadu Buhari to Yemi Osinbajo, disrupted a meeting the acting president was having with stakeholders in Edo state on Monday, March 6, for about 3 minutes.The deliberation also suffered hitches when aggrieved group supposedly from communities insisted to be given opportunity to make their presentation, a confusion that turned the visit of the acting president to a rowdy session.The protesters requested that the acting president leave Benin, for oil producing parts of the state in Edo creeks.
A protester, who represented Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), expressed frustration over failure of the acting president to visit the oil producing parts of the state. He said that they had already prepared their region to receive the acting president, but were told he could not come due to security reasons.
The protester was quoted as saying: “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. “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.” Another protester complained that the region was not feeling the impact of the ministry of Niger Delta like other states in the region.