New group slams Niger Delta Avengers over FG talks
This is following an announcement by Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) that it will stop hostilities and support the Edwin Clark led negotiation team.
The group also claimed responsibility for the bombing of oil facilities in the upland part of the Niger Delta.
The NDGJM described the Niger Delta Avengers as jobbers looking to get their own personal gain.
The militant group said “Enough of these buccaneers in the name of leaders of the region. Our people from both the upland and the creeks deserve a better deal, not the Avengers kind of deal. We are serving a notice that the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is still carrying on with this campaign against Nigeria’s oil and gas interest until the Federal Government does the right thing.”
“Niger Delta Avengers: As a matter of fact, the people who called for truce were the same set of people who put the Avengers together in the first place. Therefore, the hypocrisy of these people is becoming glaring to the world by the day.”
According to NDGJM, they do not want Chief Edwin Clark to represent them in the ongoing dialogue with the Federal Government.
“We also know that the charade called ceasefire is in the bid to collect more money from both the Federal Government and oil companies, which would be shared between the founders and the boys of the Avengers. We hereby serve a notice that the so-called truce called by E.K. Clark and co. is not recognised by the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, as we do not see Clark as the leader of all Niger Delta, but of only the Ijaw nation.
“Therefore, President Buhari should take note. Stop wasting your time on these people; they are not serving the interest of the Niger Delta and they cannot stop the current campaign. They can only withdraw their boys, the Avengers, from action but not the genuine campaigners for a better Niger Delta.
“We hereby serve a notice that the so-called truce called by E.K. Clark and co. is not recognised by the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, as we do not see Clark as the leader of all Niger Delta, but of only the Ijaw nation."
The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has however said it will only support King Alfred Diete-Spiff – The Amanyanabo of Brass, Bayelsa state.
The militant group said “We are also aware that there is a group (NDDCG), led by the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, Alfred Diete-Spiff, which has the involvement of some international agencies. We would rather the Federal Government builds on this group to reach out to the genuine representatives of the peoples of the region, across the six states, to discuss the way forward. The reason is that we believe that what is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
“Build on this group and reach out to our people, not on an Edwin Clark group which had connived with Jonathan in the past to subject this region, including the majority of our Ijaw brothers, to one of the most untold humiliations by leaving the region they claimed to be representing worse than it was under previous administrations.”
Meanwhile, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has also threatened to abandon the ongoing talks with the Federal Government if it dialogues with Edwin Clark.
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