Two ministers in the federal cabinet, Lai Mohammed (Minister for Information and Culture) and Ibe Kachikwu (Minister of State for Petroleum), said on Monday that the government is considering opening a dialogue with militants in the Niger Delta so as to put an end to the renewed militancy in the region.
The duo who spoke at an interactive session with a coalition of civil societies in Lagos, chaired by Dr. Moses Ilo, founder of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, stressed that the activities of militants are currently sabotaging government’s efforts to revamp the nation’s economy.
Mohammed while lamenting the situation said there was no other solution to the issues happening in Niger Delta other than engaging the militants in meaningful dialogue. Reiterating the point, Kachikwu said that the government has come to realize that rolling out military tanks against the militants would not solve the problem.
“The military barrels cannot stop or solve problem of militancy in the Niger–Delta region. I will have to go back to my brothers, they are our brothers we will go and dialogue with them,” Kachikwu said.
He said the continued audit of the country’s daily fuel consumption resulted in weeding out 10 million liters of fake petroleum products that was daily subsidized by the previous administration. Kachikwu lamented that the fund spent in subsidizing the pretentious consumption daily could have been used by the Federal Government to fix the refineries, roads and other basic amenities across the country which would have helped improve the Nigeria’s economy.