Monday, 29 August 2016

Buhari threatens militants with military action if dialogue fails

President Muhammadu Buhari has threatened the Niger Delta militants and said that if they did not stop blowing up oil and gas pipelines in the region and engage in dialogue with the Federal Government then they would be given the Boko Haram treatment, Vanguard reports.

President Buhari, who spoke in an interview with newsmen in Nairobi, on the sideline of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), in Nairobi, Kenya, said; “We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues?”

“We are talking to some of their leaders. We will deal with them as we dealt with Boko Haram, if they refuse to talk to us. As a government, we know our responsibility, which is to secure the environment. It is clear to us that lenders won’t fund projects in insecure environments.  We realize that we have to secure the country before we can efficiently manage it,” the President added.