NDA Vows to Declare Niger Delta Republic Oct. 1

The Niger Delta Avengers has vowed that it will declare a Niger Delta Republic on October 1.
The militant group said on Thursday that should President Muhammadu Buhari fail to restructure the country it would go ahead with the declaration.
In a statement the Avengers said , “The October 1st declaration of independence is still sacrosanct, If the Nigerian government fails to retrace its step by restructuring this country.”
There were reports on Wednesday that the group had decided to join other militant groups to hold talks with the Federal Government.
This disclosure was made in Abuja by the spokesman for the Dialogue Group, Ballantyne Agiri, in a statement.
Agiri had said in the statement that the NDA had constituted a contact and dialogue group to engage the Federal Government in meaningful dialogue as part of the initiatives to resolve the crisis, adding the group was desirous of results that would give the region lasting peace, equity and justice.
The statement said: “The body has collectively and willingly agreed to heed the clarion call of eminent Nigerians and international community to dialogue with the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government should from the inception of the dialogue rule out from the agenda any monthly monetary inducement or stipend for the NDA.
“The Federal Government should be ready for structural changes that should be human and development-oriented.
“Members of the avengers’ group (who will participate in the dialogue) have already been selected, each based on his integrity, forthrightness, honesty and life track records.
“The names of members of the group for now shall not be made public for personal reasons until they begin functioning in few days ahead,’’ the statement added.
But in a swift reaction, NDA refuted the claims, saying it never made such promise.
Meanwhile, the group’s spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, stated on Thursday in reaction to President Buhari’s order directing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to increase tempo on oil exploration in the North-east, it was praying that oil be discovered in commercial quantity in the North so that Nigerians would appreciate what the people of the Niger Delta experienced in the hands of the Nigerian government.
The militants said, “Our prayer for Buhari and the Northern hypocrite (Northern Governors) is that oil should be found in commercial quantity in the North, so they can let the Niger Delta go.
“The Buhari Led government has failed Nigerians with their misdirected policies that has divided the country, as such nobody wants to be part of that failed state, not even the Niger Delta.”

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