He said the country had almost shut down, with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declining to almost half the value since the latest militancy in the region started. He said something urgent needed to be done to save the economy from collapse.
According to him, the Niger Delta issue needs genuine dialogue that would involve the disadvantaged people, analyse grouses, alleviate pains, address immediate concerns, and offer promise of a rewarding future.
Aminu said, “The inhuman conditions have changed everything about the Niger Delta, remolded average minds and brains in the region and caused them to lose trust in the leadership. They have also lost trust in the nation, become suspicious of every move, defensive in nature and rebellious as a group etc.”
He stated that, over time, the people of the Niger Delta “tasted the ‘Black Gold’, and found it was sweeter than fishing and farming. What they couldn’t get legitimately they have accessed illegitimately.