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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally puts to rest the much speculation
as to whether his government is in talks or not with the Avengers. Confirming
this report, he said that his government is in dialogue with Niger Delta
militants towards putting a stop to pipeline vandalism and violence being
experienced in the region. The President gave the confirmation through the
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu while granting
farewell audience to the outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr. Michael
Zinner, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari said that the talks are being
done through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies said the dialogue is meant
to find a lasting solution to insecurity in the region. Buhari also said that
his administration is studying the instruments of the Amnesty Programme
inherited from the previous administration with a view to carrying out
commitments made that were undelivered. “We understand their feelings. We are
studying the instruments. We have to secure the environment, otherwise
investment will not come. We will do our best for the country,” the President
was quoted as saying. Buhari who thanked the German government for its
continuing support to Nigeria in the efforts to tackle insecurity and the
ongoing rehabilitation and resettlement of displaced citizens in crisis areas
in the North-Eastern parts of the country also thanked Nigeria’s neighbors for
their firm and unflinching support in the war against terror. The outgoing
German Ambassador noted that bilateral relations between Nigeria and Germany
“had improved very much in the last few months of this administration.” He
expressed the readiness of Germany to assist Nigeria in the rehabilitation
process in the North East to help displaced persons return to their villages.
He also expressed the eagerness of German businesses to invest in the country,
now that “conditions for investment have been put in place”. 

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