Abuja - The Minister of State for
Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has assured Nigerians that the security challenges
in the Niger Delta will soon be resolved.
Kachikwu gave the assurance in Abuja on Friday in a
statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr
The minister, according to the statement, observed that
three attacks had taken place in the last two weeks, including Wednesday’s
Forcados bombing, in spite of efforts being made to promote peace in the
Kachikwu said he was saddened that in spite of months
of intensive personal and collective efforts to engage all stakeholders in the
region and the recent successful meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, these
attacks had continued.
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“I condemn these wanton attacks and reiterate that the path
to providing lasting solutions to the Niger Delta challenges remains
dialogue,’’ the statement quoted the minister as saying.
He appealed to all stakeholders in the region to embrace
peace and dialogue and shun acts that further create difficulties for the
country as well as impoverish and worsen the ecological problems of the region.
The minister urged the militants to stop all acts of
aggression and give the ongoing dialogue a chance to birth peace in the
He said though distraught, all ministers from the region
would continue to work under the president’s mandate to get a complete
stakeholder buy-in to the solution programme of the administration.