The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has knocked President Muhammadu Buhari (retd), for signing the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 into law.
The group said that by signing the bill into law Buhari showed he does not care about the people of the oil region of the Niger Delta.
Chief Edwin Clark led group added that it was a “sad and bad day” for Nigeria that despite the overwhelming outcry of the people of the South-South zone, the President still went ahead and signed the PIB into law.
PANDEF had insisted that the equity share must be 10 per cent for host communities and rejected the 3 per cent allocated for host communities in the just signed Petroleum Industry Act.
Buhari announced his assent to the controversial bill in a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina on Monday.
But PANDEF spokesman, Ken Robinson, who spoke with the Punch after Buhari gave his approval to the bill recently passed by the federal lawmakers said, “It clearly shows the disregard for the feelings and concerns of the Niger Delta people by the Buhari administration.”