Drop your weapons, let’s negotiate – Buhari to Niger Delta militants

– President Buhari has called on the Niger
Delta milltants to stop their confrontation and come to
terms with the government instead
– The president assured the representatives of the oil
companies operating in the Niger Delta of the
government’s protection from vandals
President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of State for
Petroleum Ibe Kachikwu met with the Royal Dutch Shell
Group team at the State House on Friday, May 20.
Insurgency in the Niger Delta area as well as oil companies
presence and future plans were the main topics for
During the meeting the president once again urged the
militant groups, aggrieved persons and communities to
drop weapons and sit down at the negotiating table
primarily for the review of the Amnesty Programme
initiated by the Yar’Adua administration.
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The leader of the country assured oil companies operating
in the region of the government’s commitment to ensure
security and protection of strategic assets. He recalled
that the chief of naval staff was ordered to reorganise and
strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger
Besides, he stressed that the JTF operations were enhanced
by the cooperation with the United States and Europe in
training, intelligence, equipment and logistics. The
president told Andrew Brown, the director of the Royal
Dutch Shell Group:
“We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger
Delta because it threatens the national economy. I assure
you that everything possible will be done to protect
personnel and oil assets in the region.”
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Mr Brown in his turn assured Buhari of the company’s
staying in the country — contrary to the recent speculations
about its withdrawal. Moreoverm he said that Shell was
currently in discussions with the Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on new joint oil and gas
President Buhari praised the Shell resilience and
persistence in Nigeria despite the challenges caused by the
hositle environment. He urged the company to stop gas
flaring in the Niger Delta as soon as possible and produce
more gas for electricity generation to support
manufacturing and job creation in the country.
Recall that last week President Muhammadu Buhari has
given fresh orders for the new militant group, the Niger
Delta Avengers to be hunted down and destroyed .