5 things we learned from the Niger Delta Avengers’ peace terms

Niger Delta militants

The militant group, Niger Delta Avengers has responded to the call for dialogue by the Federal Government with a list of demands that must be met before negotiations can ensue.

The Avengers have claimed responsibility for the recent explosions of vital gas pipelines and oil installations across the Niger Delta region.

The group, through its spokesperson, Muduch Agbinibo on Monday gave a pretty clear set of instructions to the Federal Government – if truly they want to sit at the round table to discuss a lasting solution to the menace of pipeline vandalism.

Here are the 5 things the Avengers want us to know from its statement.

1. Avengers do not want the struggle to be a medium for making politicians rich

“We are using this medium to warn and condemn the activities of all brands of social media agitators being peddled around by some politicians to promote their criminal ways in affairs of the Niger Delta. This genuine spirit behind our struggle for the Niger Delta cannot be derailed on the basis of connivance by politicians, traditional rulers, settled ex-agitators and criminals moving around to fill their pockets.

2. FG must include representatives of Multinationals in dialogue

“We want the federal government to commit members states of the multinational oil corporations to commit independent mediators to this proposed dialogue; we believe that it is only such environment that will engender genuine dialogue that will be aimed at setting up a framework for achieving the short, medium and long term demands of the Niger Delta to de-escalate this conflict and bring about lasting peace.

3. No repair of destroyed oil installations and pipelines until after dialogue

“The NDA high command is restating our commitment to attack the interest of oil corporation and international refineries operators that bring in vessels to the Niger Delta territory to buy our oil that every successive government has refused to use and reapply the proceeds towards any development in the region since 1958.

“Refusal to heed our advice will result to sinking of two their mother vessel as an example to others. They should not undertake any repair of pipeline, oil and gas facilities that are damaged or attacked by our forces during this period of ‘Operation Red Economy’ until and/or after the dialogue.

4. The issues of the Niger Delta are as old as the days of Saro-Wiwa

“The issues of the Niger Delta are as old and as new as the days of Pa Dappa Biriye, Major Jasper Isaac Adaka Boro, Ken Saro Wiwa and the government of President Musa Yar’ Adua. We are warning this government of President muhammadu Buhari not to turn the essence of genuine peace talk and dialogue to political jamboree that is prevailing now where all manner of social media agitators and criminals are being sponsored by the job-seeking corrupt political class to save face before the government of the day.

5. Avengers want peace with honour but can resort to killing people if tempted

“Finally, if need be, we may review our earlier stance of not taking lives. We are going to redirect and reactivate all our activities if the government, oil companies and their service firms don’t heed to these modest warnings of not carrying out any repair works, and suspend the buying of crude oil from our region as we await the right atmosphere that will engender genuine dialogue. We want peace with honour, not peace of our time.”

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