Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has called on Germany to help intensify its efforts to revive the Nigerian economy.
Buhari said while receiving the Foreign Minister of Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Frank-Walters Steinmeier at the State House.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the president described militancy in the Niger-Delta as complex. He said the objective of the militants was to colonise the country economically by sabotaging oil and gas installations.
Buhari added that the militants had no central command, with some of them being impostors. He promised that the government is speaking with leaders from the region as well as oil companies to help manage the situation.
On the North East, Buhari said that security challenge is under control, with Boko Haram largely defeated.
The president urged Germany to help curb oil theft in Nigeria through assistance in equipment, training, and sharing of intelligence with the Nigeria Navy.
He said Nigeria’s oil is stolen and taken away through the Gulf of Guinea. The country needs adequate training and equipping for its navy.
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In his response, Steinmeier commended the Buhari administration on its strides in the North-east. He added that they are willing to help in resolving the crisis in the Niger Delta.
Also, the German minister applauded the ongoing war against corruption. He added that Germany is interested in investing in renewable energy, gas exploration, mining, among others, to boost Nigeria’s economy.