‘Is The Nigerian State Worth Dying For?’: Niger Delta Avengers Ask Military...

‘Is The Nigerian State Worth Dying For?’: Niger Delta Avengers Ask Military Officers

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Niger Delta militants pictured during the insurgency that rocked the region between 2005 and 2009. (Photo Credit: Tife Owolabi)

The new militant group in the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Avengers, has given 12 point demands to the federal government, insisting that if the federal government wants peace in the region and an end to the blowing of the oil installations, it should grant the demands without fail.

In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mr. Mudoch Agbinibo, on Friday May 6, 2016, the group which claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the oil installations in the Niger Delta, said the decision is in the hands of the federal government to either fulfill their demands or risk the continuous destruction of oil installations and making Nigeria ungovernable for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Among the 12 demands is the immediate implementation of the 2014 confab report which it believed would help in restructuring Nigeria to the demand of all ethnic groups in the country.

It also said President Buhari, the DSS and Timipre Sylva should apologise to the people of the Niger Delta region and the family of DSP Alamieyeseigha for killing him with intimidation and harassment because of his party affiliation.

The group also said the ownership of oil blocks must reflect 60% for the oil producing people and 40% for the non-oil producing people of the region as the oil in the Niger Delta cannot be carted away to feed other parts of the nation which has no contribution in any way to the national treasury.

It said the Maritime University sited at Okerenkoko which the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has cancelled should be reversed with Amaechi apologizing to the people of the Niger Delta for the cancellation.

It further said the Ogoni land which the federal government under former President Olusegun Obasanjo destroyed and indeed all polluted Niger Delta lands must be cleaned up and compensation paid accordingly.

Also, the group said the demand for Biafra should be granted and the Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, be released unconditionally.

It called for the sustenance and proper funding of the amnesty programme, even as it said in line with President Buhari’s corruption fight, all APC members indicted for corruption or are adjudged to be corrupt should be tried and made to face the wrath of the law as the PDP members.

“We are using this medium to ask all Niger Deltans to take the war to all oil installations in their various communities because this is your war”.

The group said if the Buhari-led federal government refused to liberate the Niger Delta, what happened to Pharaoh and the Egyptians will happen to Nigeria. It says NDA has also devised plans to activate its elite unit the Niger Delta Airforce code strike team 1, as its plan B to cripple the country’s economy.

“Failing to heed to our demands, the Nigeria state is seeing what is happening to Chevron and Shell, the Nigerian elites will suffer in same vein. Know that Chevron and Shell is just the beginning If the International oil companies and federal government of Nigeria thinks the Niger Delta Avengers are criminal as they claim and fails to meet our demands”.

“To the Nigerian military we understand you doing your job but in the process of doing your job remember you have family back home waiting for your return. The questions you have to ask yourselves are; does the Nigeria state worth your life? Does the Nigeria state worth dying for?”

“Some of you are our brothers avoiding you is not sign of being lazy. If you dare harass our people we are going to face you. Especially, if you harass any community in search of Avengers”.

“We will come after you and it’s going to be bloody and merciless, we are the Niger Delta avengers, you (Nigerian Military) are not going to see us coming but we will get you” the group said.


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