Yar'Adua,Henry Okahhold secret talks

2009-10-20
THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER - Daniel Idonor


ABUJA — Henry Okah, former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, yesterday, stormed Aso Rock to hold talks with President Umaru Yar’Adua on the post-amnesty programme.

Also yesterday, Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to the post-amnesty programme and development of the Niger Delta.

Okah holds talks with Yar’Adua
Okah, who arrived the Presidential Villa in afternoon, according to sources was led straight to the office of the President where he was warmly received by the President before they began their talks.

He was reportedly flown to Abuja from South Africa in a Presidential jet.
It was not however clear whether the emergency meeting was convened in response to fresh threat of attack by MEND.


President Yar'Adua and Henry Okah
According to our source, since the start of the amnesty programme, Mr Henry Okah has not been opportuned to meet with the President, “and this might just be one of such meetings because shortly after he was released, he left for South Africa for medical check”.

When contacted the Presidential Spokesman, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi confirmed the visit but refused to give details. But, according to him, the meeting went well and it was fruitful, saying that it was part of the confidence building process.

“Yes I am aware that Mr. Henry Okah came to the Villa today (yesterday) on the invitation of the President and they held a very fruitful discussion. The Federal Government has agreed to dialogue with every and any person who can help bring lasting peace to the Niger-Delta”, he asserted.

Asked to give detail of the meeting, the Special Adviser said “I cannot give you the details of the discussion but I know that the President is determined to bring development to the Niger-Delta and I am very positive that it will be done”

Vanguard however gathered that Okah told the President that as a patriot, he was ready to do everything to ensure the success of the amnesty programme. He, however, insisted that he is not a negotiator for the region and that the right leaders should be approached to ensure lasting peace in the region.

VP assures on post-amnesty plans
While receiving the Ogbia Brotherhood, a socio-cultural organisation from Ogbia kingdom of Bayelsa State, Vice President said President Yar’Adua has demonstrated tremendous seriousness and sincerity in carrying out the amnesty programme.

According to him, Government has lined up various post-amnesty programmes that would enhance the development of the Niger Delta and urged the people to cooperate with the administration to achieve its developmental plans for the region.



71 Responses for “Yar’Adua, Henry Okah hold secret talks”

Ohene Titus, Warri says:
October 20, 2009 at 8:27 amIf i were Okah, I wouldnt bother meeting with the present illegitimate government but be as it may, Henry Okah’s wife and advisers must know that this si a deciding moment in Henry’s life and he must not cave in till justice is won for the entire Niger Delta. Henry must remain firm, resolute and determined. God bless ND, God bless Nigeria.

victor excess says:
October 20, 2009 at 8:22 amFor mr president to axcept secret talk mr okah , is welcome ideal that will bring peace to niger delta and nigeria .

ekene says:
October 20, 2009 at 8:20 amAll talks and no actions makes MILITANCY a reality. The FG should swing into action else a non-negotiable disaster (war) may emerge.

Echefula Owuala says:
October 20, 2009 at 7:55 amLet us begin to see huge constructions as soon as possible

Idiong Divine says:
October 20, 2009 at 7:52 amwork not talk is what we want.

Uncle Nla Oko-Oloo says:
October 20, 2009 at 7:46 amThis man is only buying time before he starts to bomb the region again.
Is it not easier to meet with a constituted negotiator(AARON TEAM) than this jet flying meetings? This to me is episodic in the annals of Nigerian history.
President Yara Adua should hit the road running by meeting with the Aaron Team most especially as it concerns the application of true federalism.
Where is the Arewa Consultative Forum in time of peace?

otijr says:
October 20, 2009 at 7:42 amDarl, you r 100% right! My problem & fear is that; technocrats should be involved in how & what to tackle 1st in the Niger Delta & not for FG to leave the running of things in the hands of greedy/mischievious politicians….AND for goodness sake…Yar’Adua is too slow…and this pattern is not really good in all situations.

Iweta Marcus, Benin says:
October 20, 2009 at 7:36 amThe government is not ready.

fotopikin says:
October 20, 2009 at 7:34 amWe know this is the handiwork of Chief Edwin Clarke and to us, it is totally against the spirit of the struggle.
Chief Edwin Clarke, should urgently be advised to stay clear of proceedings and allow MEND and its
Aaron Team space.
If President Yara Adua’s selective meetings are not borne out of insincerity, we see no reason why he has been foot dragging to meet the Aaron Team that boast of eminent personalities.
The government must stop deceiving us and face justice squarely.

Darl, N says:
October 20, 2009 at 7:25 amThe Federal Government should swing into action and leave too much talk and meetings. We all know the Niger Delta problems. Pragmatic actions to addressing them will disarm all trace of militancy and ensure the continuation of peace that has now returned to the region

 

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