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Buhari to Obama: Niger Delta crisis will be over soon


President Muhammadu Buhari and team holds a bilateral meeting with America's President Barack Obama and his team on the sidelines of UN General Assembly, in New York. PHOTO: TWITTER/PRESIDENCY NIGERIA

President Muhammadu Buhari and team holds a bilateral meeting with America’s President Barack Obama and his team on the sidelines of UN General Assembly, in New York. PHOTO: TWITTER/PRESIDENCY NIGERIA

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday assured Barack Obama, the American President, that Nigeria was making steady progress towards resolving the Niger Delta region problem, which had led to economic sabotage on a grand scale.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Adesina said the president gave the assurance at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing 71st edition of the UN General Assembly, holding in New York.

“We are making definite progress on how many factions of the militant groups exist, their leadership and operational basis, and we have equally sought the cooperation of the oil majors.

“In a short while, I believe the issues would be resolved,’’ Buhari said.

He thanked America for assisting Nigeria in provision of armaments, training for Nigerian troops, and sharing of intelligence, which had led to the degradation of Boko Haram in the North East.

Buhari said the country was open to support in combating the humanitarian crisis currently ravaging the region.

He said the farming season was good in 2016, with the prospect of good harvest, and “Nigeria is on the road to food self-sufficiency soon.

“We shall be able to feed ourselves, and utilize the billions of dollars spent on importing food on other productive areas.’’

The president reiterated that his administration came to power on the tripod promises of security, battle against corruption, and revamping of the economy.

He stressed that there would be no let-up in fulfilling those electoral promises.

Responding, Obama described Buhari as a man of “integrity and honesty,’’ saying “we have confidence in your leadership.

“There are some difficulties you face, but this administration is willing to assist in the short time we have left.

“You have made real progress in defeating the brutal organization called Boko Haram, and that was achieved because of your leadership.’’

Obama offered a hand of fellowship to Nigeria “in the final and comprehensive defeat of Boko Haram, resolution of the Niger Delta crisis, which would help ramp up oil production and increase revenue, resolving the humanitarian crisis in the North East, recovering stolen money, and revamping the economy.’’

He described Nigeria as a big and important country in sub-Saharan Africa, adding that America looked forward to a framework for sustained partnership between the two nations.

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  • Ikorodua

    Thank God, Obama will be gone shortly. Hopefully, the next US president would visit the most populous country in Africa, irrespective of his origin

  • Osanebi Osakuni

    God will put the satanic agents against Nigeria to shame. So much emphasis on progress on security without a single mention of the killings of Central and Southern Nigerians by the kinsmen of Buhari in a bid to conquer land for animals. The Daura demon will surely perish at the fullness of time.

    • Mavus

      If you can refer to a man old enough to be your father or uncle in this manner, it means either of these two: your parents taught you respect for elders and you did not take OR they never taught you.

      • Osanebi Osakuni

        Dear don’t reduce a very serious issue to a poor pedestrian level. If a 100 years old fellow commits murder, he must be brought to book. Your aged mentor is supervising the killings of Nigerians by his kinsmen. Today he refers to rustlers, tomorrow he calls them Libyan mercenaries yet no military intervention. My family is founded on human values and love so can never be associated with such satanic project of killing people for animals to survive. Your followership could be derived from age but mine is from human values. Thank you

        • oj

          sad that PMB is not really saying anything about this senseless fulani “killer” not herdsmen, but they are not working or associated with Buhari, yes they hail from same tribe but it doesnt make them his personal killers, so i think you should refrain your statement Osanebi, GEJ was in power when those niger Delta militants were disturbing but we didnt blame it on him because we know they are not his boys or kidnappers or militants,though i also agree with you that this issue would have nbeen raised by buhari at that meeting as it is of utmost priority too, but who knows, time may not really be on their side,so maybe he had to table the most important now which is the bloody Recession, and America had to table theirs which is the Oil.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            So much respect for your choice of words. Dear, Dr Goodluck condemned militancy, indeed Henry Orka was sent to jail in his time. The high point was an attempt to assassinate Mr President then. Today, Buhari muted an attempt to enact obnoxious laws to grab land from Central and Southern Nigerians for his kinsmen. He has told you and I that they were spill over from Libyan mercenaries. The military under him have told Nigerians that they don’t have orders to confront the challenge. There are incontrovertible evidence that Buhari is positive to this challenge. I personally hate a murderer and whoever supports same with passion. If you are not in Nigeria please ask for report data on this subject. Thanks

          • Mavus

            “Dear, Dr Goodluck” reveals your sentiments. So, you don’t expect anything good from PMB. I am from Delta State but I am not sentimentally inclined to issues that bother on national discourse.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            You allow sentiment to becloud your reasoning. Poor you. You are from Delta where the Fulani herdsmen are terrorizing people without security hindrance yet you hide blind political followership. The Fulani Herdsmen are today rated the 4th most lethal terror group in the world. You gave me reasons to doubt you from Delta state. Laughable

          • Mavus

            I am not blind and sentimental. Those words describes you better. We are the future of the niger delta. Those who will liberate the region must have exposure and vast experience. You are myopic, selfish and insensitive. You are only concerned about you and yours. People like you will not have a place in the new nigeria.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            Dear am prepared to abandon any other group and philosophy if only you can state how you will liberate Niger Delta. Thank God you have admitted that Niger Delta requires liberation, am sure you are easily in the firing line of Buhari and his crocodile team by this admission too. Please redeem yourself if you aren’t lying about your words by stating your intended actions. Am on the wing to enlist behind you. I hope you won’t vanish out of reach.

          • Mavus

            Liberating the niger delta will not be by violence. You will have to develop yourself to be able to stand intelligently with those you are fighting. Violence is primitive and old fashioned. It has never liberated any group of people. The children of those who sponsor you are in overseas and you are here spilling your blood for their children who when they come back will stand on red carpet while you will still be walking on sand.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            You haven’t highlighted any intelligent means of earning liberation beyond the two discussions (National Conference) organized by both OBJ and Dr. Goodluck at their times in which both have been jettisoned. Only a dishonest and a fellow that lacks the spirit of self determination will undermine such developments. In any case, the Niger Delta question is purely ideological. We are enlightened people, the idea that some influential people whose children are abroad are sponsors is laughable. We’ve developed beyond that. Send such messages to Hausa Fulani.

          • Mavus

            It’s all a question of time. We will know who is right or wrong very soon. There was a guy just like you, fuming that Mr. President was never going to be in Aso Rock come May 29 2015. I told him he will become history when it happens and I’ve never seen him on the pages of the papers again. He was ranting just like you are now: sentimentally deranged. I will reply you at the appropriate time.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            You failed to highlight an intelligent means of achieving the political restructuring of Nigeria after two ignored National Conference. Now you are betting over backwardness. Any man that bets against the resolve of a people to provide themselves economic growth and resource management is only confirming to be a foolish parasite. Am sure you have the values of Hausa/Fulani so may have a 12 years old girl as a wife, possibly drink from the same pond with cow so may never know the cost of bottled water and women care in the saloon which are no longer affordable to Nigerians. The ones who understand growth need no betting, you can continue to wallow on illusions.

          • Mavus

            Your outbursts reveals that you are premature, your emotions have the better part of you, you are NOT different from the militants.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            Live has thought me that those who have nothing to offer on discuss such this reduces themselves to to insulting others. This is a common characteristics of Hausa/Fulani. You may refer to me as a militant since am from Niger Delta but in reality our difference lies in the fact that you can’t feed or develop yourselves and have decided to put up a fight against those who are tired of feeding you. The world is laughing at your type. Very shameful!

          • Mavus

            Sorry, it is not Live, it is Life. Secondly, it is not discuss, it is disqus. Thirdly, it is not such this reduces themselves, it is they reduce themselves. So, my friend from niger delta, where lies the shame? In trying to prove your ignorance, you expose yourself. You are inexperienced and lack exposure.

          • Osanebi Osakuni

            Mistake isn’t illiteracy, even worse case of ignorance isn’t illiteracy. Illiterates don’t get involved in robust debates. I know you are pained by our resolve in Niger Delta to stop feeding you. I will accept the worst complements provided we actualize our desire to live in a politically restructured Nigeria.

          • Mavus

            So, you can admit you made mistakes and you were not ready to admit the mistakes of others? That was why I said you lack exposure and experience. Both will make you admit that you are not different from those you accuse. I am from Delta State. I don’t care what you say. I have had the privilege of living among those you criticize and I know the difference. That is where experience comes in. Knowledge or Intelligence that have no experience as its’ foundation, is destructive. That is the traits you are exhibiting: DESTRUCTIVE TENDENCY.

        • Mavus

          What human values are distinct from cultural values?

  • Musa Muhammed

    Buhari is dreaming