Tuesday, May 17, 2016 10:21 pm
Niger Delta Avengers, the militant group destroying oil installations in the Niger Delta said their ultimate aim is to create a sovereign Niger Delta, an independent state.
The group said this in a statement in which it responded to denunciations and condemnations of its activities, even by former militants and Niger Delta people and leaders. Some critics even called members of the group criminals.
“In as much as we respect you as our elder brothers (ex-agitators), please do not dare to stand on our way because if you do we will crash you. To the citizens of the Niger Delta, who share same idea with us, we thank you all. Just know that no amount of criticism within and outside the region can stop us”, the group said defiantly in a statement by their assumed spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo.
The group described its critics as cowards.
The group also boasted that it has infiltrated the military.
“To the Nigeria military, the Niger Delta Avengers is among you. And we know all your plans, so we will always be 10 steps ahead of you.”
Here are excerpts of the statement by Mudoch Agbinibo: “We have been seeing lots of reports about us in the media. Some are asking, who are they avenging? Some are calling us empty heads, while ex-agitators have been condemning us on a daily basis. To our critics from the region, we want you to know that you are all cowards and afraid to stand for your people.”
“The Niger Delta Avengers is more concerned with people of Niger Delta unlike you (ex-agitators) that were into kidnapping, killing of Nigerian soldiers and piracy.
“But we were able to carry out all our operations without killing a fly. We have sophisticated arms far better than what you used during your kidnapping days”.
“After the amnesty Programme you (ex-agitators) have been enjoying patronize from the government and royalty from multinational oil companies. While we (Avengers) have been strategizing on how the voice of the Niger Deltans can be heard. We are fighting a radical fight without taking any life. “Let us make it clear to you, our elder brothers (ex-agitators) that we are not begging you to join this campaign”.
“We are young, educated, well traveled and most of us were educated in East Europe, but do not worry, when we achieve our goal (sovereign state of Niger Delta), then you people will be proud of us. “