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.
He made this known when he received residents of Abuja led by Muhammed Bello, minister of the federal capital territory (FCT) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President, who 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, 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.”
“God has given Nigerians a lot of preachers and resources but human and materials, we better do the same thing for our children and grandchildren.
“I assure you that the country and the people of the country are always uppermost in our minds. Our performance in the north-east, Nigerians know that this government is serious.
“For our friends in the Niger Delta area, we will persuade them that they should please sit down with us and agree to manage our resources rather than think of fighting it out.