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“Niger Delta Militants’ Objective Is To Colonize Nigeria Economically” – Buhari

Following the frequent bombings and destruction of oil and gas installation in the Niger Delta region, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the intention of the militants allegedly behind the attacks was to colonize Nigeria economically.

This was even as he solicited the help of Germany to curb oil theft in Nigeria through assistance in the areas of equipment, training, and sharing of intelligence with the Nigeria Navy.

The President spoke Monday when he received the Foreign Minister of Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Frank-Walters Steinmeier, at State House, Abuja.

“Nigeria’s oil is stolen and taken away through the Gulf of Guinea. Adequate training and equipping of our navy will prevent this,” the President said.

He told the visiting minister that the security challenge in the North-east of the country was under control, with Boko Haram largely defeated,

“But another serious form of insecurity has reared its head in the Niger Delta. The objective is to colonize the country economically by sabotaging oil and gas installations. We are trying to speak with their leaders, to know how many groups there are, and we are also working with the oil companies.”

“The militants engage in sophisticated sabotage, using skills they had gained from trainings either by government, or the oil companies, to vandalize installations deep in the sea. We need to understand who the real agitators are, and engage with them, so that confidence can be restored in the region,” the President added.

President Buhari said the Niger Delta situation was more complex, since the militants had no central command, and some of them were mere extortioners, but promised that a handle would be found to the unrest soon.

Dr Steinmeier, in his response, said Germany was happy to hear of the strides taken by the Buhari administration against insurgents in the North-east, adding that they were equally willing to lend a helping hand in resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta.

Applauding the war against corruption, Dr. Steinmeier said it had his country’s support, adding that Germany was also interested in investing in renewable energy, gas exploration, mining, among others, to boost Nigeria’s economy.

“Germany will support development in Nigeria. We want closer cooperation on migration issues, urbanization, and supporting the navy with equipment, training and intelligence, “the Foreign Minister said.

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  • WillieBravo

    I’m not interested joor.

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Buhari needs to repair refineries

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    No b theiir oil hold d economy of d nation before?

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    The Niger Delta Militants won’t succeed in rendering the Economy of Nigeria Useless.
    All their threats to declare republic of Niger Delta, wonder what really happened with all of them

  • Just make oil states HQ, fix refineries give them seaport… that way, you have created employment .

  • Olovo Obinna

    The president is just deceiving himself …..if u like train the Navy 190yrs,,,nothing will change until he engages the youths in that region …give them oil security contract….only a thief can catch thieves

    • badmos

      Dat oil security contracts which jonathan gave was d main reason y dey knew where each oil line is. And dis guys are getting enough, d issue is just dat d money goes into d wrong hands.

      • Olovo Obinna

        See u…..Jonathan/yaradua…..and that was d best option ….your buhari stopped d contract n what happened,,, they went back yo d creeks…now I hear he wants to give them back d contract

        • badmos

          U heard ma brother. Let’s wait n see.

          • Olovo Obinna

            OK oh

    • Mezzy Gilbert

      I taya for d man

  • badmos

    Baba never get solution dey say but wen baba engage dem physically, dey go talk say he too wicked and he’s a dictator. Make d foolish guys wey no get manner continue.

    • Olovo Obinna

      The physical engagement do far,, has it been able to solve the problem in d south

      • badmos

        When dey are not ready to listen and u and I know there are some people backing dis guys. Let it happen and see if secretes will not b leaked or not.

        • Olovo Obinna

          It has happened already na….abi u no d read news paper. ….the president is using military approach n so far it is not yielding result just same mistake obj did

          • badmos

            Hmm. Those army u see are just dose dat guide places. If d FG shuld engage dem with combatant, I swear, u wil pity so many people.

          • Olovo Obinna

            U funny…bros if them like carry entire military yo south-south,,,,only way out is dialogue

          • badmos

            D guys dey ready for dialogue?

          • Olovo Obinna

            Name FG hands e the

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      I don’t actually blame them, they have got reason for their actions any way

      • badmos

        It’s because dey are criminal, lazy and thief.

  • emekachilaka

    BABA still don’t have any solution on this guys he keep talking and talking nawa o