The south-south militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has sworn to declare the independence of the Niger Delta region from Nigeria on October 1, 2016.
Recall that in May, 2016 the group had said: “By October 2016, we will display our currency, national flag, passport, our ruling council and our territory to the world.”
The Avengers reechoed its resolve to carry through with its earlier stated mission in a statement released on its website on Thursday, August 18 by Mudoch Agbinibo, the group’s spokesman, saying that the Niger Delta people no longer wants to be part of Nigeria.
The statement said:
“Our prayer for Buhari and the Northern hypocrite (Northern Governors) is that oil should be found in commercial quantity in the North, so they can let the Niger Delta go.
“The Buhari-led government has fail Nigerians with their misdirected policies that has divide the country, as such nobody wants to be part of that failed state not even the Niger Delta.
“The October 1st, declaration of independence is still sacrosanct. If the Nigeria government fails to retrace it’s step by restructuring this country.
“We want to warn the general public that those using NDA to defraud people days of reckoning is close.”
For a few weeks now, efforts by the Federal Government to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the Niger Delta militants have been met with mixed reactions from the group.
Just yesterday, August 17, indications emerged suggesting that the Avengers were divided over whether or not to engage in a dialogue with the government.
While a self-acclaimed spokesperson for the Avengers, Mr. Ballantyne Agiri, said in a statement on Wednesday, 18th August, that the Avengers was ready to go into dialogue with the Federal Government for a likely ceasefire in the region, the spokesman for the Avengers, Mudoch Agbinibo, in a counter-statement, denied the claim.