President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Niger Delta militants that they could not continue to hold Nigeria to ransom. The President’s warnings were contained in his broadcast yesterday.
Buhari’s warning to the militants came barely a week after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) resumed hostilities following several weeks of ceasefire to facilitate dialogue on issues in the area.
“I will deal with Niger-Delta militants”
“A new insurgency has reared up its head in the shape of blowing up gas and oil pipelines by groups of Militants. This administration will not allow these mindless groups to hold the country to ransom.
“What sense is there to damage a gas line as a result of which many towns in the country including their own town or village is put in darkness as a result? What logic is there in blowing up an export pipeline and as a result income to your state and local governments and consequently their ability to provide services to your own people is reduced?
“No group can unlawfully challenge the authority of the Federal Government and succeed. Our Administration is fully sympathetic to the plight of the good people of Niger Delta and we are in touch with the State Governments and leaderships of the region. It is known that the clean-up of the Ogoniland has started. Infrastructural projects financed by the Federal Government and post amnesty programme financing will continue.
“We have however, continued to dialogue with all groups and leaders of thought in the region to bring lasting peace.”