President Muhammadu Buhari revealed his “irritation” with the agitations of the people of the Niger Delta for fairness in the distribution of the nation’s oil wealth.
Muhammadu Buhari made this slip at a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
While speaking with Nigerians on the topic of the economic challenge the country faced over drop in crude oil prices, the President delved into the topic of oil theft in the Niger Delta. He expressed anger at claims the people of the region make concerning the natural resources in their land and linked his irritation to having fought in the Nigerian Civil war in which over three million people, mostly Igbos and minority tribes of the South South were killed.
“The theft of the oil market by some Nigerians that happen to live there who feel that the oil belongs to them and not the country is an irritating thing for those of us who participated in the civil war for 30 months in which at least two million Nigerians were killed,” he said.
He regretted that the international oil market had collapsed, resulting in poor income for the country.