Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday
confirmed that his administration is
currently engaging Niger Delta militants in
talks in order to end the spate of violence
being experienced in the region.
He said the talks are being done through
oil companies and law-enforcement
agencies and are meant a to find a lasting
solution to insecurity in the region.
According to a statement by his Senior
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,
Garba Shehu, the President spoke while
granting farewell audience to the outgoing
Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr.
Michael Zinner, at the Presidential Villa,
Buhari also told his guest that the Federal
Government is studying the instruments of
the Amnesty Programme inherited from
the previous administration with a view to
carrying out commitments made that were
“We understand their feelings. We are
studying the instruments. We have to
secure the environment, otherwise
investment will not come. We will do our
best for the country,” the President was
quoted as saying.
Buhari thanked the German government for
its continuing support to Nigeria in the
efforts to tackle insecurity and the ongoing
rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced
citizens in crisis areas in the North-Eastern
parts of the country.
He also thanked Nigeria’s neighbours for
their firm and unflinching support in the
war against terror.
The outgoing German Ambassador noted
that bilateral relations between Nigeria and
Germany “had improved very much in the
last 12 months of this administration.”
He expressed the readiness of Germany to
assist Nigeria in the rehabilitation process
in the North East to help displaced persons
return to their villages. He also expressed
the eagerness of German businesses to
invest in the country, now that “conditions
for investment have been put in place”.
The German Ambassador reiterated the
standing invitation of Chancellor Angela
Merkel to Buhari to visit Germany.