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Buhari Condoles Egypt’s Al-Sisi Over Crash Of Flight MS 804

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Posted: May 20, 2016 at 10:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

– Orders JTF to Arrest Militancy, Vandalisation in Niger Delta

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Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi over the crash of EgyptAir flight MS 804.

The plane crash claimed about 66 lives, while wreckage of the plane had been found in the Mediterranean sea.

President Buhari assured Al-Sisi and the people of Egypt of the sympathy of all Nigerians as they mourn the passengers and crew of EgyptAir.

He personally called Al-Sisi,saying the thoughts and prayers of Nigerians are with the families and friends of bereaved and other nationals who are in sorrow as a result of the tragic air crash.

He prayed that God Almighty will comfort all those who lost relatives and friends in the crash and grant eternal rest to the souls of those who died.

Al-Sisi thanked President Buhari for his condolence and sympathy.   Meanwhile Buhari has directed the Chief of Naval Staff to reorganise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta to deal with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations in the region.

He assured oil companies operating in the Niger Delta of their safety, noting that the Federal Government would take necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals and criminals.

He said this when he met with the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr. Andrew Brown at the Presidential Villa.

He told Mr. Brown that the operations of the JTF were also being enhanced with increased support and cooperation from the United States and Europe in the areas of training, intelligence, equipment and logistics.

“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,”Buhari said.

The President urged aggrieved persons, militants and communities in the Niger Delta to drop their confrontational stance and work with those who have been charged by the Federal Government to review the Amnesty Programme initiated by the Yar’Adua Administration for the benefit of all parties.

He praised the resilience and staying power of Shell in Nigeria despite the operational challenges of the environment.

He also urged the company to do its best to end gas-flaring in the Niger Delta quickly and produce more gas for electricity generation to support manufacturing and job creation in the country.

Mr. Brown appealed for an urgent solution to rising crime and militancy in the Niger Delta.

The Shell Executive also dispelled speculations that the company was pulling out of Nigeria.

He said that contrary to such speculations, Shell was currently in discussions with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on new joint oil and gas projects.