The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has declared that no military action will deter it from continuing the ongoing struggle for resource control for the people of the Niger Delta region.
In a statement issued on Sunday by its spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, the NDA said that agitations were the rights of component units in a federation and that it owed no authority, tribe or political group any apology for fighting for its people’s interest.
Agbinibo said: “No amount of military action and surge will stop us from halting the flow of oil from our land to sustain Nigeria. This is our land and we are the masters of its battlefields.
“We have warned earlier that we want the “peace with honour, no more peace of our time. Any meeting with this government should be seen as driving a combustible vehicle laden with fire to safety; it must be driven with carefulness,” he said.
While flaying the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the region, the militants said it was the responsibility of the Federal Government to cooperatively manage all agitations rather than overheating the system by thinking of fierce responses through decisive military action.”
The NDA said that for any fruitful talk and enduring peace in the region, it urged the government, representatives of the multinational oil corporations, neutral international observers and elders as well as stakeholders who would be involved to be guided by various previous reports on the region.
“That if Mr. President will come down from his ethnic iron-horse to engage in discussions with our people in October or any date he likes, the issues are not new. We want to control our resources and pay appropriate taxation to the central government that is fiscal federalism in practice and in principle.
“The government, representatives of the Multinational Oil Corporations, neutral international observers and elders as well as stakeholders should guide themselves with the following documents: The Sir Henry Willinks Commission Report of 1958, the Ogoni Bill of Rights, the Kaiama Declaration document of the Ijaw Youth Council, the General Alexander Ogomudia Committee Report, the Niger Delta Technical Committee Report which contains the Pre-Amnesty issues and agreement with the government of Nigeria in 2009,” he said.
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