British Foreign Minister, Philip Hammond has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address grievances in the Niger Delta region where militants have been blowing up oil pipelines.
Hammond while speaking with Journalist in Abuja, urged Buhari against the use of the army to address the grievance in the Niger Delta region, stating that it could end in disaster.
Hammond said, “It’s obviously a major concern. The idea that your answer is by moving big chunks of the Nigerian army to the Delta simply doesn’t work, “It won’t deal with the underlying issues.”
“Buhari has got to show as a president from the north that he is not ignoring the Delta, that he is engaging with the challenges in the Delta.”
Hammond’s call is coming at the heels of resurgence in the activities of militancy in the Niger Delta region.
A militant group known as the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), had in recent weeks blown up some major oil pipeline in the region.
The group warned oil firms to leave the region, stating that it is fighting for independence in the Niger Delta region.