Largest ethnic group in Nigeria's Delta says Buhari must get involved in talks

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 6:15 AM

ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari needs to "stop deceiving" people about any talks with militants in the Niger Delta and get personally involved, the largest ethnic group in the region said on Friday.

On Thursday, Buhari's office said the government was talking to militants via security agencies and oil firms to halt a wave of attacks on oil facilities.

"Only a sincere and holistic dialogue with the people of the Niger Delta region ... can bring permanent peace," the youth council of the Ijaw group said in a statement.

"This can only happen when President Buhari as the political leader of Nigeria comes down to the negotiation table."

(Reporting by Anamesere Igboeroteonwu; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Catherine Evans)