President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, pleaded with the Niger Delta militants to halt their continuous destruction of oil and gas installations in the region.
The President, who was obviously shocked by the level of high technology used by the militants, said this while speaking at dinner where he broke the Ramadan fast with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While using the name of God to plead with the militants, Buhari also called on Nigerians especially friends and family of the militants to plead with them.
“I honestly don’t know how many factions of the militants there are in the Niger Delta compared to the north east where you have only the Boko Haram.”
“The technology being deployed by the militants to destroy oil installations is high tech, the way they can go on high sea and international waters and target oil installations is a national problem. It is affecting development.”
“No insurance company will want to insure installations that will end up being blown up and no banks will want to finance such installations.”
“Those of you who have friends among the leadership or even the militants themselves should plead with them in the name of God Almighty to take it easy.”
“We need to stablise to create employment, we need to stabilise the economy, I agonise over these things. We are in a very difficult time, so we have to organise ourselves. Anybody that says he has any other country than Nigeria should go out and see.”
Present at the dinner were the APC national president, John Odigie-Oyegun, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Naaba; the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni; former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva; Tony Momoh and Senator Osita Ozinaso. Also present were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal and former Minister of Labour, Hassan Lawal.