They vowed to renew hostilities in the oil-rich region of the country and According to them, the threat was necessary due to the inability of the government to stick to plan concerning the peace agreement with the Niger Delta last year, 2016.
Recall that the group agreed to cease sabotage of oil pipelines following Federal Government’s decision to enter into negotiations with leaders of the region late last year.
However, no concrete negotiation was reached, hence, the NDAs expressed aggression in a written statement presented by its spokesperson, Mudoch Agginiho, accusing FG of rejecting genuine dialogue and negotiations.
Excerpt from the statement says hinted that the year 2017 will be filled with surprise vicious packages from the militants since the government has chosen to politicise the negotiation process.
Part of the statement reads:
“The year 2017 will be filled with surprises – a reconfiguration of the struggle for the liberation of our motherland.
“As we get prepared for the challenges ahead 2017, We make bold to tell the people of our Niger Delta, sane minds in Nigeria and the comity of nations that the remaining 11 months and couple of weeks in 2017 will be filled with surprises and a reconfiguration of the struggle for the liberation of our motherland.
The avengers noted that since the declaration of cessation of hostilities in the region by all fighters and affiliates, it has been evidently clear that the Nigerian state is not ready for any form of dialogue and negotiation with our people to addressing the issues sustaining the unending sufferings and deprivation of the people of the Niger Delta.
“The world is aware that, after listening to calls from our Royal Fathers, Community Leaders, Stakeholders and members of the comity of nations especially the governments of the United States of America, Great Britain and the European Union, we halted all actions.
“The world knows that PANDEF, and a team of critical stakeholders, was mandated to engender a genuine dialogue and negotiations process that will be made up of apolitical Niger Deltans to engage with the government and people of Nigeria, representatives of the International Oil Corporations and neutral observers.
“But this government decided to go around politicizing the process to forestall any genuine dialogue and negotiations.”
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The Niger Delta Avengers believe that the 2017 national budget is not based on the crude oil production output from the Niger Delta, but on the newly found oil deposits in the North and the new pipelines constructed from the Niger Republic. The Niger Delta militants threatened;
“That is the way to discuss with the deaf, when he cannot understand your soft massage. We are determined to hit him very hard and deadly that even his eyes will shed blood, his ear will be more deafened and his heart shall quake when he sees, hear and feel the outcome of our next activities.”