…PMB Seeks German assistance to tackle militancy in Niger Delta
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has said Germany will earmark $18 billion for lake chad region area and $50 billion for the overall areas in a bid to recharge the Lake Chad.
Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the German government for help in terms of intelligence and training to tackle militancy in the Niger Delta region .
Speaking at a joint press briefing in Germany after their closed door meeting,Merkel alongside Buhari, she said the Lake Chad region is great priority to Germany and Nigeria is part and parcel of the region.
Merkel said ;In terms of cooperation we said we will earmark 18 billion for lake chad region area and 50 billion for the overall areas.
“The Lake Chad region is in alarming situation, there are 11 million people displaced, some of them are starving, there only 10% of the Lake Chad left which obviously erodes…..food, military mission has considerable success.
“The president has in his delegation the governor whose province is ravaged by Boko Haram, we are gratified to note that there have been progress in combating them.
She decried that the situation is very complicated in Nigeria because of the fairly high oil prices, fairly high unemployment rate and also Niger Delta, rising crime and that also is obviously a great difficulty.
According to her, they also talked about the migration partnership with the European Union as the EU want to negotiate migration with Nigeria.
” my point in this is that we need to see to it that human traffickers are out of business, we have to strengthen legal migration to also create jobs in Nigeria, jobs possibilities for vocational training, possibilities in education. Also in the context of migration partnership, we will also talk about readmission agreement.
“Germany has hundred’s of people who will have to be returned to Nigeria and our first interest will be how to help the young people to get job or fine a job.”
She also commended President Buhari’s effort in fighting crime, terrorism in Nigeria adding that “” You see first the successes of this policies and you also see great readiness of partners in ECOWAS and in the region to participate in this good fight and this good course.
“Today’s exchange made our relationship closer, there is great potential we still need to tape and particularly in this difficult time we want to stand by your side.”
“Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and has great potential for economic progress and this current crisis due to low oil price has to be overcome so that your GDP can be boosted and not in decline as is the case right now, She stated.
Commenting on what the German government is doing to help Nigeria recover stolen funds? Merkel said ;Well, I do appreciate him and if he has any indication as to where those funds are we will obviously immediately follow up, anything the president indicates to us in this respect we will take up, we want to fight corruption with him.
“Our foreign minister for example, has been instrumental in establishing international exchange, our finance minister has worked on thus as well so in the future, it will be very difficult to get money out of the country to hide them. We will work together with you on this, she added.
On his part, President Buhari expressed appreciation to Germany for the economic humanitarian help extended to make sure Nigeria cleared the Boko Haram terrorists.
On Niger Delta, he said “The new security problem which is very sad is the Niger Delta subverting the oil installations, we are giving a full briefing to the German government, so that whatever help in terms of intelligence, training they can extend to Nigeria to deal with the problem.
Buhari also confirmed that his administration is taking to the leaders of the militants, the militants, traditional institutions and all oil producing companies that have been in Nigeria for more that 30 years.
“In terms of the economy, we are lucky this year the raining season was good, we are expecting a bumper harvest. So our bills on importation will be less and we hope that in 18 months time there will be food security in nigeria and in fact export most of the food we are importing including rice and corn because I believe in 18 months time we will be self sufficient in that.
On the release of the 21 Chibok Girls, he said; On the Chibok girls, you must have heard that we have been able to secure the release of 21 of them, so about 100 more are still in the hands of the terrorist somewhere in the Lake Chad Basin area which include Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria.
“In getting this 21 out, we hope we will get enough intelligence to go about securing the rest of them.”
“We are very grateful to the UN participation in trying to secure the release of these girls, please don’t forget that the overall scene of the operation of the terrorist in Nigeria.
He disclosed that at least 37,000 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram, right now ,the country have about 1.5 to two million people in IDPs camps, 60% of them are women and children and 60% of those children are orphaned, they don’t even know their parents not to talk of where they come from.
He further stated that this is a major government problem which they have to face because the government has to do the infrastructure especially education and health, take them back to their villages and towns and reintegrate them so that they can have normal life adding that In all these, Nigeria appreciated the participation of German government each time we ask if help.