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Published On: Sun, Jun 13th, 2021

President Buhari Fingers N’Delta Militants Over Drop In Oil Revenue

LAGOS JUNE 13TH (URHOBOTODAY)-President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Niger Delta militants who vandalised oil pipelines contributed to a drop in Nigeria’s oil revenue.
The President disclosed this in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authorities, NTA, on Friday.
“I want Nigerians to be fair to this administration. They should reflect seriously the time we came, expecially relative to North East and South South, where we are now…”
“Resources, what are we producing? What was the administration before me producing? 2.1 million barrels per day for an average of 100 American dollars per barrel.”
“When we came, somehow, the militants in the south south were unleashed on this administration and production went down to half a million barrel per day and then, again, the oil market collapsed.”
Although President Buhari failed to mention the name of the group, all indications point at the Niger-Delta Avengers. The group, which was formally declared in 2016, have attacked oil-producing facilities in the delta, causing the shutdown of oil terminals and a fall in Nigeria’s oil production to its lowest level in twenty years.
The attacks caused Nigeria to fall behind Angola as Africa’s largest oil producer and the reduced oil output has hampered the Nigerian economy which is largely dependent on oil revenue.

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  1. I don’t think our problem is with the Niger Delta Militants. Rather, we are not truthful to ourselves with our crude oil production and how we account for it. Furthermore, all those illegal bunkering and refining, who are behind them? Why can’t it be stopped? Simply because the high and mighty are behind it.

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