President Muhammadu Buhari while speaking at a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the sidelines of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi, Kenya, indicated his government would use maximum force to deal with the militants if peace efforts fail.
He said that Niger Delta armed fighters would be treated and dealt with as terrorists in a similar manner to Boko Haram unless they agree to negotiate.
He then went further
“As a government, we know our responsibility, which is to secure the environment.
It is clear to us that lenders won’t fund projects in insecure environments.
“We realize that we have to secure the country before we can efficiently manage it,”
He submitted by expressing doubts in the unilateral ceasefire recently announced by the Avengers.
‘‘We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire,” he said.
“We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues.”