SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, (THEWILL) – The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, on Thursday threatened to secede from the country, claiming that successive Nigerian governments had been unfair to the people of the oil rich Niger Delta region.
Stating that all that governments wanted was the flow of crude oil from the region and not its development, it stressed that what the Niger Delta people had been demanding from successive governments in Nigeria was the provision of basic amenities and inclusiveness.
The militant group stated this in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Murdoch Agbinibo, which called on the international community, particularly Britain, France, United States, Russia and China not to allow the region to go the way of Sudan.
While vowing to remedy the age-long devastation against the region with every means necessary, NDA said; “since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914 to date, our resources have been used to sustain the political administrative livewire of Nigeria to the exclusion of the Niger Delta.
“Finally, we are calling on the international community to come and support the restoration of our right to peaceful self-determination from this tragedy of 1914 that has expired since 2014.
“We want our resources back to restore the essence of human life in our region for generations to come because Nigeria has failed to do that. The world should not wait until we go the Sudan way. Enough is enough.
“This history of terror, we the Niger Delta Avengers will resist and correct with every means necessary. We have nothing to lose in the battle ahead.”
It continued, “Justice, they say, is only found within the structure of a nation state; rather than provide justice, the Nigerian government has decided to mobilise her military might to intimidate, torture, maim, victimise and bombard a section of the nation and her citizenry to allow the free flow of our oil.
“Since the day crude oil was discovered in commercial quantity and quality in Oloibiri in the present day Bayelsa State, what we have being asking from successive governments in Nigeria is potable drinking water, electricity, roads, employment, quality education, resource control and inclusive governance.”