The Adaka Boro Avengers (ABA) has on Sunday, July 31 said it has suspended its initial plan to declare the Niger Delta territory an independent republic from August 1.
The group, however, vowed that its mission to cripple Nigeria’s economy remained on course and will not stop until the Nigerian government is ready to sit on a roundtable to dialogue and to restructure Nigeria.
The group also warned the Federal Government against having any discussion with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and described them as “greedy fellows” who are only after “stipends.”
The Adaka Boro Avengers (ABA), which said its move to declare independence was not for selfish reasons, said it was shelved following appeals from the people of the area.
A statement signed by the group’s spokesman, General Edmos Ayayeibo, states:
“We received calls from prominent leaders like Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mrs. Ankio Briggs, Chief. E. K. Clark and especially King Alfred Diete Spiff calling on the freedom fighters to abort their mission to declare Niger Delta Republic.
“We adhere to the voice of our people, because our struggle is for the Niger Delta people and not for selfish reason. But this is not the end. More is yet to come…”
It would be recalled that the militant group had on Sunday 17th July, disclosed it had concluded arrangements with other militant groups to declare the Niger Delta region a Niger Delta Republic come August 1.
The militant group also gave the Federal Government an ultimatum to withdraw its personnel and establishment from the region before the date of its declaration of independence. And also ordered all northerners and people of the South West to vacate its territory before the D-day, as failure to do so will lead to destruction of military barracks and personnel.