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Kerry Warns Buhari Against Military Intervention in Niger Delta

United States Secre­tary of State, John Kerry, yesterday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari, who pledged to refrain from us­ing military force to quell Niger Delta militancy ex­cept he is “constrained” to do so.
Buhari stressed that de­spite the negative impact on the economy caused by the militancy in the Niger Delta, which has also affected the positive intentions of inter­national and local investors, his government was show­ing restraint not to use real force, “except when con­strained to do so.”
An Aso Rock statement issued after the meeting said Buhari however, assured his guest that the focus of his administration is on the di­versification of the economy having learnt our lessons from years of over depen­dence on oil.
The president also pledged that his anti-cor­ruption crusade would be deepened and institutional­ized to last beyond his ad­ministration.
According to him, “we will insist on the standards we’re establishing. We are laying down administrative and financial instructions in the public service that must be obeyed. Any breach will no longer be acceptable.”
“We will retrain our staff, so that they understand the new orientation. And those who run foul of these rules will be prosecuted, no mat­ter who is involved.
“But we will be fair, just and act according to the rule of law. Anyone perceived corrupt is innocent till we can prove it. We will work very hard to establish docu­mentation for successful prosecution, and those in positions of trust will sit up.”
On the Boko Haram in­surgency, Buhari thanked the U.S for both hard and soft military help, noting that “the training and intel­ligence that we could not muster ourselves, we re­ceived.
“The training has made Boko Haram less of a threat to Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region, while the military hardware has given our troops added con­fidence.”
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