The militant group known as Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has said the discovery of oil in commercial quantity in the northern part of the country, will quicken the Niger Delta’s breakaway from Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently directed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to increase the tempo for crude oil search in the North-East just as the 19 northern state governments have appointed a British firm to prospect for oil and gas in the Lake Chad and Benue basins.
The NDA, in a statement by its spokesperson, “Brig.-Gen” Mudoch Agbinibo, said “Our prayer for Buhari and the Northern hypocrite (Northern Governors) is that oil should be found in commercial quantity in the North, so they can let the Niger Delta go”.
The statement, posted on the militant group’s website, said the Buhari-led federal government has failed Nigerians with what it described as the administration’s “misdirected policies”, which it claimed has polarized the country so much that “nobody wants to be part of that failed state not even the Niger Delta”.
It further said that “The October 1st declaration of independence is still sacrosanct. If the Nigeria (sic) government fails to retrace its step by restructuring this country”.
The group also warned that those using its name to defraud people, would soon feel the brunt of its anger as their “days of reckoning is close”.