In the light of the foregoing attacks on pipelines and other oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, the British Foreign Minister, Philip Hammond has cautioned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government against using the Army to fight militancy in that region.
Hammod, who made this known while addressing reporters in Abuja, said the use of Army to address the grievance in the Niger Delta region could end in disaster.
He 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,” adding that the army did not have the capacity while fighting Boko Haram jihadists in the north.
“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,”
It would be recalled, a group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which has claimed responsibility for string of attacks on pipelines, has warned oil firms to leave the region within two weeks.
This is just as NDU said it is fighting for independence for the Delta, adding that it wants a greater share of oil revenues and an end to oil pollution.