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13 Ex-militant groups threaten hostile attack 

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Thirteen ex-militant groups within the Niger Delta under the aegis of Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (CNDA) have urged to re-launch strike over the incapability of the Federal Authorities to fulfill their demands.

The groups, which earlier adopted a ceasefire as a result of the Federal government’s amnesty programme said they might renew hostilities.

They explained that they shouldn’t be condemned for unexpected actions on account of President Mohhmmadu Buhari’s rejection to take care of their needs.

The CNDA acknowledged this in a press release signed by leaders of the thirteen groups, which were: Normal John Duku for Niger Delta Watchdogs, General Ekpo Ekpo for Niger Delta Volunteers, General Osarolor Nedam for Niger Delta Warriors and Major-General Henry Okon Etete for Niger Delta People’s Fighters, Major-General Asukwo Henshaw for Bakassi Freedom Fighters.

Others were; Major-Normal Ibinabo Horsfall for Niger Delta Movement for Justice, Major-General Duke Emmanson for Niger Delta Fighters Network, Major-General Inibeghe Adams for Niger Delta Freedom Mandate.

The groups said that President Buhari has regularly avoided their demands on the sack of the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio in addition to the nullification of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), which based on them was distorted with huge corruption.

The CNDA additionally condemned the President of failure to handle the problems of marginalization within the Niger Delta particularly in the area of appointment in the oil and gas sector.

The statement reads in parts: “The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators has withdrawn its ceasefire and demanded for the immediate removal of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as well as the replacement of the Group Managing Director of the NNPC with a qualified indigene of the Niger Delta region”

“The General Assembly of the Coalition also condemns the laissez-faire attitude of the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari towards the continued sufferings and yearnings of the people of the Niger Delta.”

The groups stated that it was paradoxical for authorities that profess to have zero tolerance on corruption to disregard the collection of allegations of corruption towards APC stalwarts in numerous MDAs within the Country together with the NDDC.

The group further mentioned the approach of President Buhari’s government towards the region was a representation of what occurred in 2005-2009 which witnessed a spike in militancy within the area and which also laid the foundation for the establishment of the Amnesty programme by the Yar’Adua administration.

“We should not be blamed or held responsible for any unforeseen actions that may result from Buhari’s refusal to address the issues mentioned we mentioned,” the statement added.

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