By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) - President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, reiterated the commitments of his administration towards resolving the ongoing security challenges in the Niger Delta region, adding that his administration will not allow ‘mindless Niger Delta militants to hold the country to ransom’.
The President’s warning to the Niger Delta militants is coming barely one week after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) resumed hostilities following several weeks of ceasefire to facilitate dialogue on issues in the oil-rich-region.
Meanwhile, Mr. Buhari gave this warning during his Independence speech to mark Nigeria’s 56 years anniversary at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
According to the President, “Besides Boko Haram, we are confronting other long-running security issues, namely herdsmen vs farmers, cattle rustling, kidnappings. This Administration is firmly resolved to tackle these challenges and to defeat them.
” A new insurgency has reared up its head in the shape of blowing up gas and oil pipelines by groups of Niger Delta 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”. Buhari added.