Niger Delta Militancy Aimed At Colonizing Nigeria Economically – Buhari
BEVERLY HILLS, October 10, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta is targeted at economic colonization of the country through the sabotage of oil and gas installations, stating that the militants engage in sophisticated sabotage, using skills they had gained from trainings either by government, or the oil companies, to vandalize installations deep in the sea
The President spoke during an audience with the Foreign Minister of Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Frank-Walters Steinmeier, at State House, Abuja, pointing out that the security challenge in the North-east of the country was under control, with Boko Haram largely defeated,
He then said, “… another serious form of insecurity has reared its head in the Niger Delta. The objective is to colonize the country economically by sabotaging oil and gas installations. We are trying to speak with their leaders, to know how many groups there are, and we are also working with the oil companies.”
“The militants engage in sophisticated sabotage, using skills they had gained from trainings either by government, or the oil companies, to vandalize installations deep in the sea. We need to understand who the real agitators are, and engage with them, so that confidence can be restored in the region,” he added.
Buhari said the Niger Delta situation was more complex, since the militants had no central command, and some of them were mere extortioners, but promised that a handle would be found to the unrest soon.
He had told his visitor that provision of equipment, training, and sharing of intelligence with the Nigeria Navy were areas where Germany can help curb oil theft in Nigeria, stating that “Nigeria’s oil is stolen, and taken away through the Gulf of Guinea. Adequate training and equipping of our navy will prevent this”.
In his response, Dr Steinmeier said Germany was happy to hear of the strides taken by the Buhari administration against insurgents in the North-east, adding that they were equally willing to lend a helping hand in resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta.
Applauding the war against corruption, Dr. Steinmeier said it had his country’s support, adding that Germany was also interested in investing in renewable energy, gas exploration, mining, among others, to boost Nigeria’s economy.
“Germany will support development in Nigeria. We want closer cooperation on migration issues, urbanization, and supporting the navy with equipment, training and intelligence,” the Foreign Minister said, according to a statement issued on Monday by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.