Nigerian government promises to rebuild Niger Delta

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari says his government will rebuild Nigeria, including the Niger Delta region and solicits patience and understanding from the citizenry.

Receiving a delegation of Niger Delta Dialogue and Contact Group at the State House, Abuja, President Buhari pledged that under his watch Nigeria would witness judicious utilisation of resources.

“We intend to rebuild this country; so that our children and grand-children will have a good place they can call their own. A lot of damage has been done, so I want you to tell the people to be patient. When you get together with other leaders, please pacify the people. We will utilize the resources of Nigeria with integrity and rebuild the country,” he stated.

Amnesty programme The President said that the gazette on the Niger Delta amnesty programme by the late Umaru Yar’Adua’s government was being studied with a view to determining what had been fulfilled, promising that whatever is left would equally be addressed.

“I want to get as much intelligence as possible on the situation in the Niger Delta. I have encouraged law enforcement agencies to contact leaders like you in order to have enough information to deal with the issues once and for all,’’ the President explained.

He sympathised with investors who borrowed lots of money to invest in the Niger Delta region and have not recouped their investments due to insecurity.

He also used the occasion of his audience with the Group to reiterate his appeal to those who perpetrate violence to embrace peace and give government a chance.

The Group was led by His Royal Highness, King Alfred Diette-Spiff, the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, Bayelsa State.

King Diette-Spiff said the group was made of peace builders, dedicated to peace and stability in the region.