Pro-Biafra terror group the Niger Delta Avengers, which has in recent weeks been responsible for a spate of bombings of oil depots in south eastern Nigeria, has issued a statement on its website. The group states that it was ready to begin negotiations with the federal government, but on their own terms. The statement reads:
“The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is using this medium to restate that there are no new items to put on the table for dialogue, we only want a genuine attitude and conducive atmosphere that will make us commit to any proposed dialogue and last peace talk. We want the federal government to commit members states of the multi national Oil Corporations to commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue; we believed that it is only such environment that will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a framework for achieving the short, medium and long term demands of the Niger delta to de-escalating this conflict and bring about a lasting peace.
The NDA high command is restating our commitment to attack the interest of oil corporation and international refineries operators that bring in vessels to the Niger delta territory to buy our oil that every successive government have refused to used and reapply the proceeds towards any development in the region since 1958. If they refuse be heed to our advice will result to sinking of two their mother vessel as an examples to others They should not undertake any repair of pipeline, oil and gas facilities that is damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of “Operation Red Economy” until and/or after the dialogue.
We are using medium to warn and condemn the activities of all brands of social media agitators being peddled around by some politicians to promote their criminal ways in affairs of the Niger Delta. This genuine spirit behind our struggle for the Niger Delta cannot be derailed on the basis of connivance by politician, traditional rulers, settled ex- agitators and criminals moving around to fill their pockets.
The issues of the Niger delta are as old and as new as the days of Pa. Dappa Biriye, Major Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro, to Ken Saro Wiwa and the government of President Musa Yar’ Adua. We are warning this government of President muhammadu Buhari, not to turn the essence of genuine peace talk and dialogue to political jamboree that is prevailing now where all manner of social media agitators and criminals have being sponsored by the job seeking corrupt political class to safe faces before the government of the day.
Finally, if need be we may review our earlier stance of not taking lives. We are going to redirect and reactivate all our activities if the government, oil companies and their services firms don’t heed to these modest warnings of not carrying out any repairs works and suspend the buying of crude oil from our region as we await the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue “ We Want a peace with Honour not a Peace of our time””
The group also demanded the release of pro-Biafran activists, giving the seven governors of the south eastern states 72 hours to do so. They have threatened more trouble if their demands are not met.
Brig-Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesman for the group in a statement named the governors as: Okezie Ikpeazu, (Abia state), Willie Obiano, (Anambra state), Henry Dickson, (Beyelsa State), Ifeanyi Okowa, (Delta State), Dave Umahi, (Ebonyi State), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State) and Owelle Roachas Okorocha, (Imo State).
The statement reads: “We request the immediate release of all pro-Biafrans activists held in your various police/military Custody, you are hereby given 72 hours to release them or risk your convoys, police station, military base and government offices being attack”.
The spokesman further said that the public should note that members of the militant group is not negotiating with anybody and nobody is representing it, even as he warned that in 48 hours, a video clip showing their arms and the targeted areas will be released.
“All strike team already in position awaiting command”, he said.