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I still don’t’ know how to handle Niger Delta issue –Buhari



Itsekiri leaders support militarisation of Niger Delta, condemns PANDEF

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is still gathering intelligence and information on the situation in the Niger Delta, in order to deal with the issues once and for all.

The President stated this in a statement he issued on Thursday through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, when he received a delegation of Niger Delta Dialogue and Contact Group led by King Alfred Diette-Spiff, the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass in Bayelsa, in the State House, Abuja.

President Buhari had told them during the visit, “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.’’

Soliciting patience and understanding from all citizens as his administration moves to rebuild Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria in general, assured that it was his government intention to rebuild the country; “so that our children and grand-children will have a good place they can call their own.”

He added, “A lot of damage has been done; so I want you to tell the people to be patient. When you get together with other leaders, please pacify the people. We will utilise the resources of Nigeria with integrity and rebuild the country.’’

According to President Buhari, the gazette on the Niger Delta amnesty programme by the Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration “is being studied with a view to determining what had been fulfilled.” He assured that whatever was left would equally be addressed.

The President who sympathised with investors who borrowed lots of money to invest in the Niger Delta but yet to recoup profits due to insecurity, reiterated his appeal to those perpetrating violence to embrace peace and give government a chance.

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