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‘Stop Asking Buhari For Peanuts’ – Biafra Group Tells Niger Delta Avengers




'Stop Asking Buhari For Peanuts – Biafra Group Tells Niger Delta Avengers

A seccesionist group, Biafra Nations League, has reacted to the threat issued by a militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, to resume hostilities in the Niger Delta.

Naija News had reported that the militant group said it had launched ‘Operation Humble’ which is targeted at destroying oil facilities and crippling the Nigerian economy.

In a statement on Saturday, the militant group also threatened to attack politicians who are working with the Federal Government “to undermine the Niger Delta region”.

Reacting to the threat issued, BNL asked the militant group to join the fight for the creation of Biafra instead of asking the Buhari administration for ‘peanuts’.

In a statement on Saturday signed by its Head of Operations, Henry Edet, the BNL advised the militant group to fight for freedom and resource control instead of asking for settlements.

The Biafra group said that most Niger Deltans now see militancy as an opportunity to get favour from the federal government.

The BNL said that its members will not abandon Biafra to be asking for peanuts, insisting that the struggle for the State of Biafra cannot be exchanged for anything.

According to the group, it had persuaded another militant group, the Bakassi Strike Force, to shun their activities in 2016 after some Niger Delta elders made moves to meet Buhari.

The statement reads: “We advised the Bakassi militants as at then to publicly define their struggle different from Niger Delta militant struggle when we noticed that some elders were trying to hijack it for political reasons.”

“We also recall how some Niger Delta elders especially those in Rivers State and Bayelsa State led by Ijaw leader, Edwin Clark hijacked the Niger Delta course to seek oil wells in Abuja, which after they were promised by the FG, the Avengers surrendered.

“The Bakassi Strike Force later laid down their arms after stakeholders from Cross River State pleaded for calm, adding that the issue of resettling the displaced people has not been addressed.

“We advise Niger Delta youths to stop playing ethnic politics and join the fight for Biafra Republic, adding that resource control under Nigeria will not be possible.”

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