A militant group, the Adaka Boro Avengers, ABA, said yesterday that it has cancelled earlier plan to declare the Niger Delta territory a Republic today (Monday).
The militant, however, threatened to continue its mission to destabilize Nigeria’s economy.
Recall that ABA had July 17 issued a three-week notice of its intention to declare the Niger Delta a Republic on August 1.
According to them, “Will not stop until the Nigerian government is ready to sit on a round-table to dialogue and to restructure Nigeria.”
This was part of a statement issued by the group’s spokesperson, ‘General’ Edmos Ayayeibo.
They said, “We received calls from prominent leaders like Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mrs. Ankio Briggs, Chief. E. K. Clark and especially King Alfred Diete Spiff calling on the freedom fighters to abort their mission to declare Niger Delta Republic.”
The militant group further warned the Federal Government against having any peace talk with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, describing them as “greedy fellows” who only seek their “stipends.”
The group said plans to declare the region independent was not for selfish reasons, adding that it was cancelled following appeals from elders and people of the area.
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Leader of the group, ‘General’ Goddey, was quoted in the statement as saying that the anger of the group bordered on how “the Nigerian government has enslaved…the people of Niger Delta region.”
“We adhere to the voice of our people, because our struggle is for the Niger Delta people and not for selfish reason. But this is not the end. More is yet to come.
“Our mission to cripple the economy of the Nigerian nation will not stop until the Nigerian government is ready to sit on a roundtable to dialogue and to restructure the Nigeria.
“Unless that, we will not stop until Nigeria becomes a zero economy. We are also saying this for the benefit of President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian government to stop wasting their time with those greedy fellows that call themselves MEND because nothing good will come out of them rather than sabotage.
“Those old fools cannot stop us and they know it very well. We know what they are after is all about stipends.
“Everything they are saying, not even one will be accomplished. We will never agree with anything they say and henceforth MEND should watch their back because we have tolerated them for a very long time.
“Enough is enough, since they want to set confusion in the Niger Delta we will start from them.”
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