President Buhari has accused vested interests of restarting militancy in the Niger Delta as a plot to cause chaos and bring divisions in the country.
A hitherto unknown Niger Delta Avengers had continued to blow up oil and gas facilities in the region in the past few weeks.
However, the President said his administration was aware that those behind the attacks were the vested interests that had held Nigeria back for so long and would not give up without a fight.
“They will sow divisions, sponsor vile press criticisms at home and abroad, incite the public in an effort to create chaos rather than relinquish the vice-like grip they have held on Nigeria,” he stated.
He assured that the disruption of oil and power installations would not distract his administration from engaging leaders in the region in addressing the Niger Delta problems.
The president warned that “If the militants and vandals are testing our resolve, they are very much mistaken.”
President Buhari also vowed that the government would apprehend the perpetrators and their sponsors and bring them to justice.
He said his administration was committed to implementing the United Nations Environment Programme report and was advancing clean-up operations.
Buhari said he believed the way forward was to take a sustainable approach to address the issues affecting the Delta communities, noting that “Re-engineering the amnesty programmes is an example of this.”