In the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari – who was in London until 10 March on extended medical leave, the energetic acting president, Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, has been leading efforts to reduce tensions and offer the prospect of economic inclusion in the Niger Delta. Osinbajo on 2 March called on minister of state for petroleum Ibe Kachikwu to begin engaging with international oil companies (IOCs) to move their Nigerian head offices to the troubled region.