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Assassination threats force Buhari to cancel Niger Delta visit

The Nigerian president had to cancel what would've been his 1st visit to oil-producing Niger Delta.

FILE: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Assassination threats are believed to have led Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel what would have been his first presidential visit to the oil-producing Niger Delta.

The region has been hit by numerous damaging oil spills has been struck by a wave of militant attacks.

A Muslim from the north of Nigeria, Buhari, has been criticised for ignoring the predominantly Christian south.

Last month, he cancelled a visit to the commercial capital, Lagos.

Hours after announcing that Buhari is sending Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Ogoniland, the Niger Delta Avengers militant group, which has claimed several attacks on Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell facilities, issued a warning to oil firms that their facilities and personnel will bear the brunt of their fury.

The Avengers have accused Buhari of ignoring local problems.

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