Fear Hits Niger Delta As Buhari Ends Militancy, Releases Damning Threat Message

By Post Nigeria October 2, 2016 11:59

Fear Hits Niger Delta As Buhari Ends Militancy, Releases Damning Threat Message

Palpable fear seems to have gripped the various camps of the Niger Delta militants, as President Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to ruthlessly deal with any militant group, refusing to change their ways.

The President who made this known in his keynote Independence Speech, to mark Nigeria’s 56th birthday, noted that his administration would not allow any group to hold the country to ransom.

‎Buhari said, “A new insurgency has reared up its head in the shape of blowing up gas and oil pipelines, by groups of Niger Delta militants.

‎”This administration will not allow these mindless groups to hold the country to ransom.

“What sense is there to damage a gas line, as a result of which many towns in the country, including their own town or village is put in darkness?

“What logic is there in blowing up an export pipeline, and as a result income to your State and Local Governments, and consequently their ability to provide services to your own people is reduced?

“No group can unlawfully challenge the authority of the Federal Government and succeed.

“Our administration is fully sympathetic to the plight of the good people of Niger Delta, and we are in touch with the State Governments and leaderships of the region.

“It is known that the clean-up of the Ogoniland has started. Infrastructural projects financed by the Federal Government, and post amnesty programme financing, will continue.

“We have however, continued to dialogue with all groups and leaders of thought in the region, to bring lasting peace,” Buhari noted.

Speaking further, the President admitted that there was hardship in the land, but implored Nigerians not to allow temporary problems to blind them from the “corrective course his government had charted for the nation”.

According to Buhari‎, his administration had identified the country’s salient problems, and was working hard at lasting solutions.

“I know that uppermost in your minds today, is the economic crisis.

“The recession for many individuals and families, is real.

“For some, it means not being able to pay school fees, for others, it is not being able to afford the high cost of food (rice and millet), or the high cost of local or international travel, and for many of our young people, the recession means joblessness, sometimes after graduating from university, or polytechnic.

“I know how difficult things are, and how rough business is.

“All my adult life, I have always earned a salary, and I know what it is like when your salary simply is not enough. In every part of our nation, people are making incredible sacrifices.

“But let me say to all Nigerians today, I ran for office four times to make the point that we can rule this nation with honesty and transparency, that we can stop the stealing of Nigeria’s resources, so that the resources could be used to provide jobs for our young people, security, infrastructure for commerce, education, and healthcare.

“I ran for office, because I know that good government is the only way to ensure prosperity and abundance for all. I remain resolutely committed to this objective.

“I believe that this recession will not last,”‎ the President noted.