Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, October 10, had a discussion with the Foreign Minister of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walters Steinmeier on how to put an end to oil theft in the country.
Speaking at the State House in Abuja, the President said this can be achieved by training Nigeria’s naval personnel and equipping them, as well as sharing intelligence with the Navy, Germany will help Nigeria curb loosing the country’s oil to neighboring countries. He told Steinmeier:
“Nigeria’s oil is stolen, and taken away through the Gulf of Guinea. Adequate training and equipping of our navy will prevent this.”
Assuring the German minister that Boko Haram is no longer a threat as they have been defeated, President Buhari affirmed that the northeast states of the country were under control.
Buhari also gave details of the insecurity situation in Niger Delta and the activities of the militants in the area whose main aim is to gain control of oil installations in the region.
“Another serious form of insecurity has reared its head in the Niger Delta. The objective is to colonize the country economically by sabotaging oil and gas installations. We are trying to speak with their leaders, to know how many groups are there, while we are also working with the oil companies.”
The President described the unrest caused by the militant as a complex one, since the militants had no central command and some of them were mere extortioners.
“The militants engage in sophisticated sabotage, using skills they had gained from training either by the government, or the oil companies, to vandalize installations deep in the sea. We need to understand who the real agitators are, and engage with them, so that confidence can be restored in the region.”
Responding to the call for collaboration of both countries, the Foreign minister said German government is willing to help Nigeria resolve the Niger Delta crisis. He also said Germany was in full support of the fight against corruption, adding that his country was also interested in investing in renewable energy, gas exploration, mining, among others, to boost Nigeria’s economy.
“Germany will support development in Nigeria. We want closer cooperation on migration issues, urbanization, and supporting the navy with equipment, training and intelligence.”