Nigeria to outline Delta amnesty
Mend says it is waiting to see if there is anything new on offer
Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua is due to publish details of an amnesty for militants in the Niger Delta later.
The offer is an effort to end years of attacks on the region's oil industry.
Under the plan, militants who agree to lay down arms would get a presidential pardon and be given a rehabilitation programme, education and training.
The main group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), says it is waiting to see if there is anything new on offer.
But one faction, the Niger Delta Vigilante Movement, has indicated it would take part in the programme.
The president is due to present the proposal to the Council of State, composed of the country's 36 state governors as well as former heads of state and chief justices.
The BBC's Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar in the Niger Delta says the government hopes an amnesty can help bring lasting peace to the region, where according to the latest figures, militant attacks have greatly reduced Nigeria's crude oil output.
But he says the militants have been expressing fears about their safety and whether after the amnesty, they would be free to walk the streets without being killed by law enforcement agents.
It is not the first time the Nigerian government has offered an amnesty to militants, says our correspondent.
Former President Olesegun Obasanjo also proposed one, but it did not succeed in ending the conflict.