Muhammad Buhari

‘Buhari awaits report on negotiation with militants’

President Muhammadu Buhari is awaiting the report on negotiations with the Niger Delta militants, Presidency sources said yesterday.

A source said the government believed and hoped that the ongoing talks with the militants would yield the “desired results.”

The Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups had claimed responsibility for attacks on oil installations in the troubled region.

President Buhari had on July 21 disclosed that his administration was talking to the militants through oil companies and law enforcement agencies to restore peace in the region.

The source said the president was currently waiting for the report of the international oil companies and the security agencies and even that of the Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs who is also on that assignment.

The source, however, refused to disclose the full identities of the federal government’s negotiation team.

Another source said President Muhammadu Buhari is expecting the report as soon as possible.
Buhari had said that his administration was also studying the instruments of the Amnesty Programme inherited from the previous administration in order to carry out “commitments made that were undelivered.”

“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 said while receiving the outgoing German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zinner.

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