– Militant group reveals reasons for seeking
dialogue with the federal government
– Informs President Buhari on what will
happen if the proposed dialogue is made
– Warns that pipeline bombings may not
easily cease if there is no change in the
forms of negotiation
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has revealed
that it is ready for a dialogue with the federal
government in order to stop its pipeline
The group which has been bombing pipelines
of major oil companies in the Niger Delta
region for some months, stated via a press
statement made available on their website,
informed that all they want is peace with
honour and not a peace of “our time”.
The statement signed by Brigadier Gen
Mudoch Agbinibo, the group’s spokesperson,
reads in part: “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.
Niger Delta Avengers ready for dialogue with
the Nigerian government.
“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 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,” the
statement read, with the group adding: “We
Want a peace with Honour not a Peace of our
Earlier today, it was reported that the militant
group issued warnings to seven governors to
release pro-Biafra protesters being held in
police and military custodies in their states or
face their full wrath.
In a statement signed by Agbinibo the
militants gave a 72-hour ultimatum to the
governors to release the pro-Biafra
supporters under arrest in their states.
The governors threatened include: Okezie
Ikpeazu of Abia, Willie Obiano of Anambra,
Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, Ifeanyi Okowa of
Delta, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi of Enugu, and Rochas Okorocha of
Imo states.