According to reports, the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged continuous sneering remarks about Niger Delta militants since the cessation and suspension of hostilities by the militant group.
The group in an open letter to Buhari signed by its spokesperson, self-styled ‘Brig General’ Mudoch Agbinibo, asserted: “We are curious of comments like “Niger Delta militants’ objective is to colonize Nigeria economically… ““Niger Delta militants are sponsored by economic looters…”
“During the passing out parade (POP) of the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, 63rd Regular Course, you personally issued misleading statements and threats of decisive military action if necessary to deal with Niger Delta agitators because you have purportedly opened up channels of talks through security agencies/agents and the multinational corporations.
“Mr. President, do a democratically elected government open channels for talks in situations like we have in the Niger Delta through security agencies/agents or you are assuming that the Niger Delta is a conquered colony in your 1984 era? The group said.
It observed: “Mr. President, you continue to emphasize on the charade you call flag- off process to the cleanup of Ogoni land as part of your government’s program to salvage the ravaged environment. We are disturbed with the type of rhetoric and politics you are degenerating your age and authority as President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to on issues concerning Niger Delta since you came into office. “
“You continue to live in pretence and blind to the history of the Niger Delta agitation because of some psychopaths around and advising you… as far as you are concerned, you are as white as the snow! But recall that you were once a military governor, a minister of petroleum, military head of state and chairman, Petroleum Trust Fund and the late General Sani Abacha’s henchman (the most corrupt dictator in the history of Africa),” NDA added .
“To say the least, your hands are soiled deep in the blood of Kenule Saro Wiwa (the Ogoni -nine), events leading up to the pollution of Ogoni land that you are politicizing the cleanup process. Wait a moment, how come your government is glorifying a charade called Ogoni clean up, while you were a major player in that crime! How can you justify Ogoni clean up at the same time constitute a task force called “Operations Delta Safe” that is embarking on environmental pollution with the burning and bombing of petroleum products in the guise of fighting oil theft?
“Does that amount to lack of genuine ideas or sincerity? OR at least, is there no relationship between environmental pollution and the ongoing indiscriminate burning and bombing of petroleum products by operatives of the so-called Operation Delta Safe?
“Mr. President basically, some other factors fueling the Niger Delta conflict are corruption engendered by successive government that you served since oil becomes the commonwealth of the nation Nigeria. What is wrong in president simply producing a copy of secondary school leaving certificate instead hiring 13 Senior Advocates of Nigeria to suppress the judiciary? It said.
NDA stated: “Whilst you start the Ogoni cleanup process; what is wrong in reviewing the Sir Henry Willinks Commission Report 1958? The Ogoni Bill of Rights, The Kaiama Declaration document of the Ijaw Youths Council, The General Alexander Ogomudia Committee Report, and The Leedum Mitee- led Niger Delta Technical Committee Report.”?
Its words: “Conclusively, we are not in the trenches for the sake of arms struggle, the people of Niger Delta, our forefathers have always resisted the colonization and exploitation of the land since antiquity even without weapons against all form of occupation army, as such we wonder how your desire for decisive military action is going to win this war in your four years term to end our legitimate objective of controlling our resources for posterity.”