The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday called on Niger Delta terrorists to shun violence and embrace diplomacy.
Mohammed made the call in his address at the command screening of the movie, “Oloibiri’’, in Abuja.
“It is remarkable that the first thing we did when we came into power was to address injustice that has been perpetrated for so long in the Niger Delta.
“We also started the Ogoniland cleanup not too long ago.
“That is why I am here with the Minister of Environment, some members of the National Assembly and other relevant stakeholders,’’ he said.
Mohammed said that the movie, “Oloibiri’’, portrayed the fact that diplomacy could not be replaced with violence.
“Oloibiri teaches us that with violence, there are no victors,’’ he added.
The minister stressed that the movie’s release was timely because some youths had resorted to destroying the country’s infrastructure in order to express their anger.
Mohammed said that the movie was an appeal to the militants that Nigeria belonged to all Nigerians.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the event was attended by personalities from the culture and tourism sector, the movie industry as well as the diplomatic corps.
NAN also reports that the movie was produced by Rightangle Productions; in collaboration with Theatron Media of Canada and Grey house Films of the U.S.
Oloibiri is a community in Bayelsa State where the first crude oil exploitation in Nigeria started in 1958.
The main objective of the movie is to creatively present a deeper understanding of some critical issues in the Niger Delta area so as to forge a stronger partnership with relevant stakeholders in efforts to boost community relations in Nigeria’s oil-producing areas Nigeria