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As part of the steps being taken by the current administration to end violence in the Niger Delta region, President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that negotiations have started with the militants.

SLUG: nigeria INPUTDATE: 2006-03-05 12:07:44.183 CREDIT: Craig Timberg/STAFF/TWP LOCATION: Okerenkoko, , nigeria CAPTION: Niger delta militants display their weapons while talking to journalists. Sent by: Craig Timberg Photo Editor:

The negotiation is currently being carried out through the oil companies and law enforcement agencies, which the president believes can find a lasting solution to the overwhelming insecurity situation. This was announced in a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President.

The president informed guests while speaking during the farewell event which held yesterday in the Presidential villa for the outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr Michael Zinner that his cabinet was going through the Amnesty Programme that was delivered by the previous administration to execute commitments that had not been delivered. In his words he said ‘We understand their feelings. We are studying instruments. We have to secure the environment, otherwise investment will not come. We will do the best for our country’.

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Buhari also thanked the German government for its support in dealing with insecurity and the on-going rehabilitation program for displaced people in the North East. The outgoing German ambassador further restated that bilateral relations had considerably improved between Nigeria and Germany in the last 12 months of the current administration and that Germany would be willing to further invest in Nigeria once the right conditions had been put in place.

Do you think we’ll get somewhere with these negotiations? Let’s hear from you.

Written by Kike Olowu

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