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Buhari Vows To Deal With Niger-Delta Militants

Posted: Aug 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Emmanuel Udom

President Muhammed Buhari has vowed to deal ruthlessly with militants from the Niger Delta region for   destroying petroleum infrastructures in various parts of the country, the same way he dealt with Boko Haram.

Buhari gave this hint at a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi.

A  statement issued in Abuja Sunday by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said the  president told the Japanese leader that “with the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists by the military, attention of my administration is now focused on stopping the destruction of the country’s economic assets by militants in the Niger Delta’’.

He said that the militants must dialogue with the Federal government or be dealt with in the same way like Boko Haram.

“We are talking to some of their leaders; we will deal with them as we dealt with Boko Haram if they refuse to talk to us.

“As a government, we know our responsibility, which is to secure the environment.

“It is clear to us that lenders won’t fund projects in insecure environments.

“We realize that we have to secure the country before we can efficiently manage it,’’ Buhari said.

In his response, Abe congratulated Buhari “for courageously tackling Boko Haram terrorism”.

He said Nigeria and Japan must work together to improve the investment climate in view of the many Japanese companies wishing to invest in Nigeria.

Abe reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to rapid development in Nigeria through quality delivery of ongoing projects in the country including Jebba hydro power scheme and the Lagos railway project.