The Nigerian leader was speaking while receiving Frank-Walters Steinmeier, Germany’s Foreign minister, at Aso Rock on Monday 10 September 2016.
President Muhammadu who pleaded support from the European world power said:
“Nigeria’s oil is stolen and taken away through the Gulf of Guinea. Adequate training and equipping of our navy will prevent this.
“Another serious form of insecurity has reared its head in the Niger Delta. The objective is to colonize the country economically by sabotaging oil and gas installations.
“We are trying to speak with their leaders, to know how many groups there are, and we are also working with the oil companies.”
“The militants engage in sophisticated sabotage, using skills they had gained from trainings either by government, or the oil companies, to vandalize installations deep in the sea.
“We need to understand who the real agitators are, and engage with them, so that confidence can be restored in the region.”
In response, the German minister announced that his country was willing to assist Nigeria, saying:
“Germany will support development in Nigeria. We want closer cooperation on migration issues, urbanization, and supporting the navy with equipment, training and intelligence.”