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Niger Delta crisis: Buhari knows exactly what he needs to do, says group

19 August 2016, 09:48

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari knows exactly what he needs to do to end the Niger Delta crisis, the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) has reportedly said.

The group, according to The Nation, said this in a statement, adding that it was assisting the federal government to draw up a proposal that should be a "win-win" for all concerned parties in the region.

"President Buhari knows what exactly he needs to do to end the crisis today, if he so desires. He probably has not because he has allowed his administration to be beset with too many petty rivalries, too many individuals jockeying for putative relevance and too many party chieftains from Niger Delta who don’t have the interests of the region at heart," the group was quoted as saying. 

Nigeria has been plagued with devastating attacks by militant group the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) since the start of the year.

Oil majors like Shell, Chevron, Exxon, Eni and state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have been targeted.

The attacks have slashed output at a time when Nigeria is struggling with low global crude prices which have hammered government revenues, weakening the naira currency and pushing up inflation to 16.5%, an 11-year high.

The rebels want oil majors to leave the Niger delta, blaming them for contributing to widespread poverty and under-development of the region.

They also seek self-determination for the oil-producing states in the delta.

The Avengers, who have spurned a government truce, are believed to have sympathies for Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, a fugitive former militant leader wanted for corruption charges.

- News24 Nigeria


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