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Niger Delta militants

Four militant groups in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region have indicated their desire to discuss with the Nigerian government in a bid to resolving the crisis in the area.

The groups, in a coalition, took the decision at the end of a meeting attended by the leader of Niger Delta Watchdogs, General John Duku; leader of Niger Delta Volunteers, General Ekpo Ekpo; Leader of Niger Delta Peoples Fighters, Commander Henry Okon Etete; and Commander Asukwo Henshaw, spokesperson for Bakassi Freedom Fighters (BFF).

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A statement released by the coalition reads in part: “No country, region or organisation achieves peace through hostility. Peace is always realised through dialogue.”

The statement stated that the militants had no personal grudges against President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.

The militants, according to the statement, promised to work together with the President to make Nigeria a better place.

They further expressed hope that their decision to stop destruction of oil facilities in the region would facilitate the healing of the country’s ailing economy.