The UK government has denied media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari was in London to meet with former President Goodluck Jonathan in order to address the current Niger Delta militant crisis.
This was made known in a terse statement issued by the Press Officer of the British High Commission, Joe Abuku, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The statement reads in part:
“Media reports suggesting that the British government has set up a meeting with President Buhari, former President Jonathan and representatives of Niger Delta groups to discuss a solution to recent violence in the Niger Delta region are incorrect.
“We are aware that President Buhari is currently in London seeking medical attention. We are not aware of any meetings on the Niger Delta while he is there.”
Media reports making the rounds this week reported that, ailing President Buhari shelved the commencement of his treatment for a severe ear infection to attend a crucial meeting called by the UK government.
The supposed meeting which held on Tuesday in the UK, was reportedly aimed at dousing the mounting tension in Nigeria and finding neutral grounds to negotiate with the Niger Delta militants from carrying out their planned missile strikes on the nation’s capital and seat of power.
Sources had it that information by intelligence reports provided by some European Union member-states confirmed the existence of missile launch locations in Nigeria and the resolve of the militants to make good their threats.
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The militant group which has virtually shut down 80 percent of oil production in the Niger Delta has threatened to shock the world by halting oil production in the Niger Delta of Nigeria to zero production.
The group has followed some of their recent threats with the blowing up of major pipelines handled by the key multinationals operating in the region forcing Mobil, Total and Shell to close down most of their units in the region.