Buhari has warned the Niger Delta Avengers to stop blowing up pipelines or be ready for what he calls the Boko Haram treatment.
Let’s just say the Nigerian government has been on a sort of negotiation mode. Separate reports from Nigeria says that the Federal Government has agreed to negotiate with both Boko Haram and the militants in the Niger Delta.
The Federal Government is currently on talks to swap detained Boko Haram terrorists for the Chibok girls who have been missing for over 2 years. In the same way the government has long since been trying to strike a deal with the militants but to no avail.
Unfortunately it appears that the Niger Delta Avengers’ stand is still unclear when it comes to consenting to a ceasefire and negotiating with the Nigerian government.
During his meeting with Japanese leaders in Nairobi, Buhari blurted out the ‘Boko Haram treatment’ threat.
“We are talking to some of their (Niger Delta militants’) leaders. We will deal with them as we dealt with Boko Haram if they refuse to talk to us.”
Buhari’s threat of a Boko Haram treatment stems from the pathetic state of the nation’s economy. According to the President, the incessant damage of pipelines has made Nigeria a “No”option when it comes to attracting foreign investors or even helpers.
“As a government, we know our responsibility, which is to secure the environment. It is clear to us that lenders won’t fund projects in insecure environments.”
“We realize that we have to secure the country before we can efficiently manage it.”
When President Buhari says they should be ready for the Boko Haram treatment, perhaps he is not bluffing. The ex-military head of state seems to have kept some of his war for war syndrome for a time like this.
The President has and is equipping the Navy to match up with the attacks of the militants.
“We have provided funds to our Navy to buy new platforms, train and effectively organize the personnel to protect the area. We are looking forward to support from developed nations for satellite surveillance covering the Gulf.”