Nigeria’s Buhari says government talking to Niger Delta militants – Reuters

ABUJA, July 21 (Reuters) – The Nigerian government is talking to militants in the southern Niger Delta to end a wave of attacks on oil and gas facilities, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday.

The government was using oil companies and security agencies to talk to the militants “to find a lasting solution to insecurity in the region”, Buhari said in a statement.

Buhari also said his government was reviewing an amnesty programme for former militants, which offers cash and job training, after initially slashing the scheme’s budget by two-thirds and angering militants.

“We understand their feelings,” Buhari said. “We are studying the instruments (of the amnesty). We have to secure the environment, otherwise investment will not come.”