It is desperation time in Nigeria. As long as politicians continue to enrich themselves, and their cronies in power refuse to pay salaries, the masses, will be pushed to boiling points. It now appears that the easiest way to get the attention of government is organised vandalism. Niger Delta Avengers have risen to the point where they can no longer be ignored. They can now be considered as official terrorists. Don’t let anyone deceive you into believing ‘It is Well’ with Nigeria. It is no curse to admit ‘It is is not well this moment for Nigeria’. People are hungry and desperate.- Jide Salu
REUTERS has reported that Nigeria will start a dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers militant group which has been claiming a string of attacks, its oil minister said.
President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed a team led by the national security advisor “to begin the process of a very intensive dialogue with those caught in the middle of this,” Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said late on Monday.
“We are making contacts with everybody who is involved, the ones that we can identify, through them, the ones that we can’t identify so that there is a lot more inclusiveness in this dialogue,” he said. “Our prayer is that this works so that we resort to dialogue rather than the use of force.”
Kachikwu said the military would scale back its campaign to hunt down the militants in the southern region, which produces much of Nigeria’s oil output.
There was no immediate response from the Avengers group which has been issuing statements through its Twitter account.
He also said the country’s oil output was between 1.5 million and 1.6 million barrels a day, down from 2.2 million barrels at the start of the year. “Over the last two months, we have probably lost about 600,000 barrels from various attacks of militants in the area,” he said.