A United Kingdom based security intelligence firm, IHS Jane has said that the federal government faces risks of attacks to critical oil and gas infrastructure just as the 2019 elections approach.
It said President Muhammadu Buhari’s lengthy New Year address to Nigerians on 1 January 2018 contained just three short sentences on the Niger Delta, even though developments in the region are critical to his chances of winning a second term in early 2019.
It said that the government has still made no direct response to a statement on the website of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group on 3 November 2017 that it was ending a year-long ceasefire because of the lack of progress in negotiations with the government.
It was also its view that a list of key demands reiterated by stakeholders in the region are yet to be addressed more than a year after negotiations started. It therefore said that there were critical risks of attacks to oil and gas infrastructure in the region just as the president prepares to seek a second term in office.