President Muhammadu Buhari may ask his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan for help over latest attacks by a militant group Niger Delta Avengers on oil installations. Daily Trust reports that President Buhari has invited former president, who is an indigene of oil-rich Bayelsa, to visit Aso Rock this week. The Niger Delta Avengers’ attacks have caused a key drop in Nigeria’s oil output from 2.2m to 1.65m barrels per day. The group has also promised more attacks, cautioning oil companies in the region to evacuate their staff. It is considered that Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, who yesterday visited the Aso Rock, discussed the same issue with the president.
Wike and the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, left the president’s office at about 2:30pm without speaking to reporters. The militant group rose to world prominence after claiming responsibility for two attacks in May. First, the NDA blown-up a Chevron facility off the coast of Escravos on May 4. Just over a week later, another explosion happened at Chevron Nigeria Ltd.’s Marakaba line oil facility in Warri. The Niger Delta lost its ambitions to power last year when Buhari, a northerner, defeated Jonathan in elections. Jonathan’s government gave the region political prestige: key ministerial posts, patronage and the spoils of the oil industry.
Since inauguration, President Buhari has endeavored to answer some of his constituents’ demands by dismantling the system, eradicating corruption in the oil industry and reforming it to increase transparency. Many of the Niger Delta’s politicians see this rearrangement of power and revenue as a loss in a zero-sum game.
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