A major stakeholder in the Niger Delta, Jude Tabai on Monday said he was unaware of any discussion between any militant group and the Federal Government.
His claim is contrary to information released by President Buhari that the government was holding peace talks with Niger Delta militants.
Tabai, who led Sports and Youths Development Minister, Solomon Lalong, to a failed peace parley with Niger Delta Avengers lately, said that the government might have been discussing with impersonators who were merely keen on reaping pecuniary gains.
Also during the weekend, an alleged splinter faction of the NDA, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, on Saturday released the names of 22 persons it claimed were sponsors, members and sympathisers of the group.
According to Vanguard, an Ijaw leader who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “It is unfortunate that they have penetrated our boys with money and they are now using them to fight themselves. This is bad for the struggle.”
Spokesperson of NDA, self-styled Brig-General Mudoch Agbinibo, had released a statement saying the group intact, “It is quite unfortunate that Cynthia Whyte and Jomo Gbomo of defunct Joint Revolutionary Council and MEND, respectively are the spokespersons of the Nigerian intelligentsia community because of some political interest and a government that has abdicated power to clansmen and tribal lords.
“The fact checks about Cynthia Whyte and her sponsors should be laid bare before the public now that the Nigerian security and intelligent community have turned the Niger Delta genuine struggle to a tool of political patronage and money making machine for miscreants and conflict merchants,” NDA said.