Dr. Junaid Mohammed, a Northern politician, has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly handling the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, with kids gloves. He advised the president to treat the militants as terrorists and match them up with an appropriate military action as it is doing to Boko Haram insurgents in the North.
Speaking during an interview on Sunday, Mohammed, who was a member of the last National Conference revealed that it was wrong for the present administration to try to reach an agreement with the Niger Delta militants while fighting a similar terrorist group in another part of the country.
The former adviser to President Shehu Shagari warned that any move by Buhari to negotiate with the avengers instead of crushing them to serve as a deterrent to would-be terrorists, could be a cue for the outbreak of another civil war. He said:
“Why is Buhari tackling Boko Haram with the military might and going behind to negotiate with Niger Delta militants?
“If Buhari is not careful with NDA, he will plunge the country into another civil war because he does not have the mandate of the law to negotiate with terrorists.
“No forward-looking nation negotiates with terrorists. And I should say that if he does not have the political will to deal with the militants, he should step aside. Governance does not have room for destroyers.”
In addition to dealing with the militants, Junaid Mohammed also stated that there is need for their sponsors who have already been identified as politicians facing corruption charges, to be smoked out and punished adequately.
According to the Kano politician, nabbing the masterminds of the attacks has already been made easy given the demands made by NDA for peace with the Federal Government. It is now left for Buhari to fish out the brains behind the attacks from among those seeking for peace with the government and sanction them accordingly.
Mr. Mohammed described the emergence of the Avengers as a continuation of the instrument often used by South-South politicians to cow northern leaders and their political opponents. He therefore, urged the Federal Government not to submit to their horseplay, which they also employed to harass late President Musa Yar’Adua.