President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a meeting with the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriacke Dickson, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja
The meeting, which lasted for about an hour, was said to focus on how to unite Nigerian leaders across political lines, following the 2015 general elections and the attendant tribunal cases.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Governor Dickson lauded the President’s non-interference in the elections in Bayelsa State, contrary to the propaganda that trailed the elections.
He observed that President Buhari’s stance would go a long way to strengthen Nigeria’s democratic process.
The Governor also extended an olive branch to his opponents and the people of Bayelsa to join him in the development of the state.
The Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has rejected the Nigerian Army’s threat of force if dialogue with militants in the area fails.
Mr. Dickson said that would not be the best way to solve the crisis in the oil-rich region.
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, had on Monday warned that the government would resort to military action if Niger Delta militants refuse to use peaceful means to press for their demands.
A new group, Niger Delta Avengers, has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks on oil and gas installations in the area.
Mr. Dickson advised that ongoing efforts at talks should be sustained.