Buhari: We’re talking with militants


    egbesu_boys_militantsPresident Muhammadu Buhari presents a gift to the outgoing German Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Zenner, during a farewell audience at the State House in Abuja yesterday.

    President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday disclosed that his administration is talking with Niger Delta militants through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies in order to restore peace in the region.

    He disclosed this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja while receiving the outgoing German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zinner.

    Buhari said the federal government 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, investments will not come. We will do our best for the country,” he said.

    Buhari lauded the German government’s support to Nigeria on tackling insecurity as well as in the on-going rehabilitation and resettlement of internally displaced persons in the North-east.
    He also thanked Nigeria’s neighbours for their firm and unflinching support in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.

    Zinner in his remarks said bilateral relations between Nigeria and his country had improved in the past 12 months of the Buhari administration.

    He said his country was ready to help Nigeria rehabilitate the North-east to help return displaced persons to their homes.

    He added that German businessmen were ready to invest in Nigeria, as conditions for investment had been put in place.

    The envoy also reiterated an invitation from Chancellor Angela Merkel to President Buhari to visit Germany. (Daily Trust)

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