President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with the militants vandalising oil installations in the Niger Delta to put down arms and negotiate with the government to put an end to the militancy in the region.
Buhari said this would afford both the government and the militants the opportunity to decide how the nation’s resources could be managed instead of agitators picking up arms against their fatherland.
The President spoke on Sunday when residents of the Federal Capital Territory, led by the Minister, Muhammad Bello, paid him a Christmas visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President according to Punch said Nigeria and its citizens were uppermost in his mind, stating that he would continue to do all within his powers to improve their living conditions.
He said, “I want you to talk to people to be patient with the government. We are always thinking about our country and we are thinking about our people.”