President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday asked those who have stolen the nation’s commonwealth to come and negotiate how they will return their loot.
He said the move has become necessary so that all may know peace.
The President has also told militants engaging in renewed violence in the Niger Delta in clear terms that the unity of the country remains non-negotiable.
Buhari spoke when Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello, led residents of the FCT to pay him Sallah homage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President said looters would not know peace if they refused to return stolen funds because his government would continue to be on their trail.
“Please tell those with plenty of money which does not belong to them to try and negotiate and return it in peace so that both they and us will be in peace, otherwise we will continue to look for it,” the President said.
On security, the President expressed delight that his government had made a lot of progress in fighting terrorism in the North East.
He regretted that while the anti-terrorism war is being won, the issue of militancy in the Niger Delta resurfaced.
Buhari said the Federal Government had commenced the process of identifying the number of groups involved in militancy in the region with a view to getting their leaders and appealing to them to give Nigeria a chance.
He said he was in agreement with the slogan made popular by a former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be accomplished.
He made it clear to the militants blowing up pipelines and infrastructure in the region that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable.
The President said, “Please pass the message to the militants that one Nigeria is not negotiable. They better accept this fact.