The commandant general of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Muhammadu, has disclosed that the federal government has begun to dialogue with some aggrieved Niger Delta militants to end the on-going bombings of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.
According to Vanguard, Abdullahi Muhammadu said the federal government chose the dialogue approach to end hostilities with the militants to get to the root of the problem.
He said: “The Federal Government has commenced negotiations with some of the aggrieved militants in the region on the need to sheath their swords and embrace peaceful resolutions of all perceived grievances that led to the bombings of oil pipelines in the region.
To the best of my knowledge, I think the Federal Government is already negotiating with them. “At the last meeting we had, we discussed at length and very soon all these bombings will come to an end.
“The government is trying to negotiate with them with a view to finding out why they are doing it so in order as to get to the root of the problem.’’
The NSCDC commandant said the need to avoid sending a wrong signal to the international community on some of the happenings in the country was one of the reasons the government opted for the dialogue approach.
“You know we are in a democratic setting, so we have to be very careful of what we do. “ After the first bombing, second bombing and the third bombing, we were sent there and we did our job there to find out some things.
“During the period of our assignment, we went on a fact-finding mission and we came back with some facts which I will not disclose to you now. But I am sure it will soon come to an end,’’ he said.