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Buhari Backtracks, Mulls Dialogue With Resurgent Niger Delta Militants

by on May 24, 2016
 

The Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed  with the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Monday, said the Federal Government is considering opening a robust dialogue with the Niger-Delta militants on the need to stop militancy in the oil rich region.

The duo who spoke an interactive session with a coalition of civil societies in Lagos, chaired by Dr. Moses Ilo, founder of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, stressed that nefarious activities of militants is currently sabotaging efforts being made by the government to revamp the nation’s economy.

Mohammed while lamenting the situation said there was no other solution to the issues happening in Niger Delta other than engaging them in meaningful dialogue.

According to Kachikwu the government has come to realize that rolling out military tanks against the militants would not solve the problem.
“The military barrels cannot stop or solve problem of militancy in the Niger–Delta region. I will have to go back to my brothers, they are our brothers we will go and dialogue with them,” Kachikwu said.

He said the continued audit of the country’s daily fuel consumption resulted in weeding out 10 million liters of fake petroleum products that was daily subsidized by the previous administration.
Kachikwu lamented that the fund spent in subsidizing the pretentious consumption daily could have been used by the Federal Government to fix the refineries, roads and other basic amenities across the country which would have helped improve the Nigeria’s economy.

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  • Ama o Ama
    May 24, 2016 at 6:38 am

    GOVERNMENT must release nnamdi kanu

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  • prince
    May 24, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Its time Nigeria realize that all the oil in the Niger delta is too small for this nation. We should start thinking beyond crude oil, this country is blessed with so much resources that would generate trillions of dollars that would be used to reshape this country to be the paradise we all dream of.

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  • May 24, 2016 at 10:46 am

    release nnamdi kanu everything Will stop about the militant

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  • Tim
    May 24, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Government must release Ipob Kanu also unconditionally. The previous administration national dialogue should be considered. Just like removal of subsidy for better economy we seriously need RESOURCE CONTROL in this country for better peaceful coexistence and true federalism because the Niger Delta is highly disadvantaged. Do not give salary or any form of monitization to lure the militants of delta but give our region truedemcratic federal system embeded in control of ur resources. The delta boys should be careful of greek gift!

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  • edwin utomhin
    May 25, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Comment…at last FG is ready to dialogue niger delta militant, thank God. U see! This is what I have been saying that earlier is better for FG to come to roundtable with militants. They just ask for a common and sensible demand which will even help the nations u said fighting them is the only solution did u know how many soldiers, army, police, dss that lost their lives on a daily basis? Every day u will still hear bombing of pipelines. They said army, soldiers and other security agency cannot protect the pipeline, they said u should obey court order by releasing Unamdi Kanu they said Amaechi should apologise to niger deltans and they ask for their shell in oil money is that not a simple demand. Isn’t bad for a son to ask his father for bread?

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  • May 25, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Release kanu now buharia sharia boko haram

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