The militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, that has threatened to declare ‘Republic of Niger Delta’ on August 1, has cancelled the declaration.
The group said, former President Goodluck Jonathan, intervened to halt the declaration.
The group Spokesperson ‘General’ Edmos Ayayeibo had earlier ordered the Yorubas and Hausas out of the Niger Delta region and called on Niger Delta people to return for the planned declaration.
However, Jonathan was purported to have called the militants to stop the declaration.
The group in a statement on Monday, said it had cancelled its planned declaration, saying the former President and other top Ijaw leaders intervened to halt the move.
The group however said its destruction of oil and gas installations in the region will not stop until the Nigerian government is ready to sit on a round-table to dialogue and to restructure Nigeria.
“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
“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 said.