PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, on
Tuesday, told United States President, Barack Obama, that Nigeria is making
steady progress towards resolving the problem in the Niger Delta region, which
has led to economic sabotage on a grand scale.
He gave the assurance during a
bilateral meeting between them on the sidelines of the 71st edition of the
United Nations (UN) General Assembly, holding in New York, United States.
“We are making definite progress on
how many factions of the militant groups that exist, their leadership and
operational basis, and we have equally sought the cooperation of the oil
majors. In a short while, I believe the issues would be resolved,” Buhari said.
While thanking America for help
rendered in the area of security through provision of armaments, training for
Nigerian troops and sharing of intelligence, which has led to the degradation
of Boko Haram in the North-East, President Buhari said the country was open to
support in combating the humanitarian crisis currently ravaging the region.
He further said the farming season
was good this year, with the prospect of good harvest, adding that “Nigeria is
on the road to food self-sufficiency soon. We shall be able to feed ourselves,
and utilize the billions of dollars spent on importing food on other productive
President Buhari reiterated that
his administration came to power on the tripod promises of security, battle
against corruption and revamping of the economy, stressing that there would be
no let-up in fulfilling those electoral promises.
He wished President Obama a happy
retirement, as he winds down gradually on his tenure in office.
Responding, the American president
described President Buhari as a man of “integrity and honesty,” saying “we have
confidence in your leadership. There are some difficulties you face, but this
administration is willing to assist in the short time we have left. You have
made real progress in defeating the brutal organisation called Boko Haram and
that was achieved because of your leadership.”
President Obama offered a hand of
fellowship to Nigeria “in the final and comprehensive defeat of Boko Haram,
resolution of the Niger Delta crisis, which would help ramp up oil production
and increase revenue, resolving the humanitarian crisis in the North-East,
recovering stolen money and revamping the economy.”
Describing Nigeria as a big and
important country in sub-Saharan Africa, the American president said his
country looked forward to a framework for sustained partnership between the two