We Are In Talks With Niger Delta Militants – Buhari

President Buhari presents the outgoing Ambassador with a gift
President Buhari presenting the outgoing German Ambassador with a gift

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is in talks with the Niger Delta militants through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies to find a lasting solution to insecurity in the region.

In a press release by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu on Thursday, President Buhari made the remarks at a farewell audience with Michael Zinner, the outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria at the State House.

The President said that government is studying the instruments of the Amnesty Programme inherited from the previous administration with a view to carrying out commitments made that were undelivered.

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“We understand their feelings,” the President said. “We are studying the instruments. We have to secure the environment, otherwise investment will not come. We will do our best for the country,” he promised.

The President used the opportunity to thank the government of Germany for its continuing support to Nigeria in the efforts to tackle insecurity and the on-going rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced citizens in crisis areas in the North-Eastern parts of the country.

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President Buhari also thanked Nigeria’s neighbours for their firm and unflinching support in the war against terror.

The outgoing German Ambassador noted that bilateral relations between Nigeria and Germany “had improved very much in the last 12 months of this administration.”

He expressed the readiness of Germany to assist Nigeria in the rehabilitation process in the Northeast to help displaced persons return to their villages, as well as the readiness of German businesses to invest in the country, now that “conditions for investment have been put in place”.

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The German Ambassador reiterated the standing invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel to President Buhari to visit Germany.

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