President Muhammadu Buhari, contrary to claims by Niger Delta militants, has confirmed that his administration is talking with them so as to end the attacks on oil facilities and violence in the Niger Delta. The president explained that the talks are being done through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies.
This was revealed by a statement issued on Thursday by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Shehu wrote that the president confirmed the talks while bidding farewell to outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari informed the ambassador that the Federal Government is studying the instruments of the Amnesty Programme inherited from the previous administration, with the aim of fulfilling undelivered commitments.
“We understand their feelings. We are studying the instruments. We have to secure the environment, otherwise investment will not come. We will do our best for the country,” the President was quoted as saying.
Buhari thanked the German government for its unflinching support to Nigeria in the efforts to tackle insecurity and the ongoing rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced persons in the North-East.
The outgoing German Ambassador, in response, said 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 North East to help displaced persons return to their villages. He also expressed the eagerness of German businesses to invest in the country, now that “conditions for investment have been put in place”.
Zinner reminded his host of the standing invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel to him to visit Germany.