A resurgent militant group in Niger Delta, the Adaka Boro Avengers (ABA,) has announced the suspension of its planned declaration of Niger Delta territory an independent republic.
A statement issued by General Edmos Ayayeibo, the group’s spokesman, on Sunday as regards to the decision, reiterated the intention of the group to cripple Nigeria’s economy.
The statement said, “will not stop until the Nigerian government is ready to sit on a roundtable to dialogue and to restructure Nigeria.”
It also warned the Federal Government against having any discussion with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and described them as “greedy fellows” who are only after “stipends.”
The statement continued: “We received calls from prominent leaders like Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Mrs. Ankio Briggs, Chief. E. K. Clark and especially King Alfred Diete Spiff calling on the freedom fighters to abort their mission to declare Niger Delta Republic,” adding that “the Nigerian government has enslaved…the people of Niger Delta region.”
“We adhere to the voice of our people, because our struggle is for the Niger Delta people and not for selfish reason. But this is not the end. More is yet to come. Our mission to cripple the economy of the Nigerian nation will not stop until the Nigerian government is ready to sit on a roundtable to dialogue and to restructure the Nigeria.
“Unless that, we will not stop until Nigeria becomes a zero economy. We are also saying this for the benefit of President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian government to stop wasting their time with those greedy fellows that call themselves MEND because nothing good will come out of them rather than sabotage. Those old fools cannot stop us and they know it very well. We know what they are after is all about stipends.
“Everything they are saying, not even one will be accomplished. We will never agree with anything they say and henceforth MEND should watch their back because we have tolerated them for a very long time.
“Enough is enough, since they want to set confusion in the Niger Delta we will start from them.”
The group had on Sunday, July 17 issued a three-week notice of its intention to declare the Niger Delta an independent republic on August 1.