Protesters broke into the venue of a meeting Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was having with stakeholders in Edo state on Monday, disrupting the entire programme.
The meeting, which is a negotiation interface with the oil producing communities in the region, was disrupted after Usani Uguru, minister of state for Niger Delta, finished speaking.
Not even the attempt of Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, to calm the aggrieved individuals yielded any result, as they continued waving placards.
The protesters were allowed to speak their minds, and they requested that the acting president leave Benin, for oil producing parts of the state.
A protester, who represented Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), said they had already prepared their region to receive the acting president, but were told he could not come due to security reasons.
“If you cant come to our place, leave our oil alone,” he said.
Another protester said the region was not feeling the impact of the ministry of Niger Delta like other states in the region.
After these speeches, Godwin Obaseki, governor of the state, said the reaction of the people show the nature of Edo people.
Obaseki said the people of the state love to express themselves, but they do so in a peace-loving manner.
Osinbajo said he will visit all the oil producing regions, and that there is not issue of insecurity. He said he may not visit all the communities, but he will schedule to visit all the communities.
The acting president said he is very happy to be in the region, and was on a visit to see what is happening for himself.
Source: The Cable