President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Nigeria for the United Kingdom at the start of a vacation that will stretch over the next 10 days.

Meanwhile the president  ordered the military to suspend operations in the Niger Delta for two weeks to create a window for dialogue with militants.

According to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the federal government is determined to explore the dialogue option, with a view to restoring genuine peace in the region, where oil production has been significantly hurt by activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, in the last two months.

Kachikwu stated ‘’The avenue is open for them, provided the militants are willing to embrace dialogue and allow truth to reign because we are going to involve key leaders from the region who have had previous experience in that area to play whatever role they can”.