The South South zone of the APC disclosed this on Friday after a meeting held in Benin City, Edo State, saying it has become obvious that the main agenda of the Niger Delta Avengers is to frustrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
In a communiqué signed by the APC National Vice-Chairman South South, Hilliard Eta, and the Zonal Secretary, Steven Ezekwem, the party said:
“The zone notes the upsurge of the renewed militancy in the area, in the name of ‘The Avengers’ and condemns its activities in its entirety. The zone does not believe that their nefarious activities are driven by any patriotic fervor, rather we have cause to believe that they are instigated by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to derail President Buhari’s government in order to avoid the long arm of the law on their criminal activities while in government.”
They also distanced Niger Delta region from south-east agitations for a state of Biafra, stating that Niger Delta is not, cannot, will never be and can never be part of Biafra.
“The zone notes the present agitation for the state of Biafra and the inclusion of the Niger Delta in the map of the constituency representing the Biafra state and states unequivocally that Niger Delta is not, cannot, will never be and can never be part of Biafra.”
The Niger Delta Avengers, are a militant group responsible for the recent attacks on oil pipelines in the Niger Delta. The attacks by the militant group has caused two oil firms Eni and Aiteo about $48 per barrel, an estimated $6.72 million (N1.3 billion) daily. An earlier attacks in the oilfield on May 18 and 24 had reportedly resulted in a shutdown of 5,200 barrels of Eni’s production.