President Buhari has counseled militants in the Niger Delta to drop their militant stance, work with his government to review the Amnesty Program initiated by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua or face the full wrath of the Nigerian Army.
In a state house meeting convoked to meet with the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr. Andrew Brown, President Buhari said that he has directed the Chief of Naval Staff to reorganize and strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta.
He also stated that he has ordered the Nigerian Army to deal effectively with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.
According to President Buhari “We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy. I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region.
“We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy. I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region,” President Buhari said.
He guaranteed oil companies his government is will ensure the protection of life, oil installations and other businesses in the region.
The President told Mr. Brown that the operations of the JTF were also being enhanced with increased support and cooperation from the United States and Europe in the areas of training, intelligence, equipment and logistics.
President Buhari praised the resilience and staying power of Shell in Nigeria despite the operational challenges of the environment.
He urged the company to do its best to end gas-flaring in the Niger Delta quickly and produce more gas for electricity generation to support manufacturing and job creation in the country.
Mr. Brown had appealed for an urgent solution to rising crime and militancy in the Niger Delta. The Shell Executive also dispelled speculations that the company was pulling out of Nigeria.
He said that contrary to such speculations, Shell was currently in discussions with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on new joint oil and gas projects.