Buhari: We’re in di­a­logue with mil­i­tants

830 DAYS since over 200 Chi­bok school­girls were taken by Boko Haram

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari yes­ter­day dis­closed that his ad­min­is­tra­tion is talk­ing with Niger Delta mil­i­tants through oil com­pa­nies and lawen­force­ment 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 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. the Buhari

Photo: State House

Pres­i­dent 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.

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