N/Delta mil­i­tancy: Buhari meets ser­vice chiefs, group

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Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari yes­ter­day met with the ser­vice chiefs and heads of security agen­cies to re­view mil­i­tary oper­a­tions in the Niger Delta re­gion.

He also at a meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion of the Niger Delta Di­a­logue and Con­tact Group led by King Al­fred Di­ette-Spiff, the Amanyan­abo of Twon Brass in Bayelsa State, said he wanted as much in­tel­li­gence re­port as possible on the cri­sis in the Niger Delta.

The meet­ing with security chiefs which was held in­side the pres­i­dent's of­fice lasted about four hours with Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo, Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion Babachir David Lawal, Chief of Staff to the Pres­i­dent Abba Kyari, Na­tional Security Ad­viser Baba­gana Monguno and Min­is­ter of De­fence re­tired Bri­gadierGen­eral Mansur Dan Ali in at­ten­dance.

The ser­vice chiefs present at the meet­ing in­clude the Chief of De­fence Staff Gen. Gabriel Abay­omi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Bu­ratai, Chief of Air Staff Air Mar­shal Sadique Abubakar and Chief of Naval Staff Ibok-Ete Ibas.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the De­part­ment of State Ser­vices (DSS), Lawal Daura, the Direc­torGen­eral, Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke and the Act­ing In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice, Ibrahim Idris, none of whom spoke to news­men af­ter the meet­ing. But it was gath­ered that the meet­ing also re­viewed counter-ter­ror­ism oper­a­tions in the North­east.

Re­ceiv­ing the Niger Delta group, Buhari said: "I want to get as much in­tel­li­gence as possible on the sit­u­a­tion in the Niger Delta. I have en­cour­aged law en­force­ment agen­cies to con­tact lead­ers like you in or­der to have enough in­for­ma­tion to deal with the issues once and for all".

The pres­i­dent sym­pa­thised with in­vestors who, he said, bor­rowed money to in­vest in the re­gion but had not re­couped their in­vest­ments due to in­se­cu­rity.

He re­it­er­ated his ap­peal to those per­pe­trat­ing vi­o­lence in the re­gion to em­brace peace and give gov­ern­ment a chance.

As­sur­ing that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would re­build Nige­ria, in­clud­ing the Niger Delta re­gion, the pres­i­dent so­licited pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing from the cit­i­zenry.

Ear­lier, King Al­fred Di­ette-Spiff had said his group was made of peace builders ded­i­cated to peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

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