Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has incurred the wrath of Nigerians after vowing on Thursday, August 18 to declare independence of the south-south region on October 1. Many Nigerians are displeased with the militants and have berated them for having the audacity to make such a pronouncement.
Some of those who shared their views about the development on Twitter also mocked the group and described it as a copycat that is just making empty threats even as the police has warned that the group risks being charged with treason if it goes ahead with the threat. According to Nigerians, this is not the first time that the militants had threatened to declare the independence of the Niger Delta region region and have failed to do so. They argued that the declaration would also only bode ill for the region and not Nigeria.
Others wondered why the NDA is coming out to make the new threat just after evidence came to light that former president, Goodluck Jonathan reportedly played a role in the creation of the militant group which has been blowing up pipelines in the south-south and reducing Nigeria’s oil production. Meanwhile the presidency is yet to comment on the new threat by the militants.
A security expert, Dr Emmanuel Babajide wondered why the militants enjoyed creating crisis when all hands should be on deck to revamp the nation’s economy. Babajide pointed out that the young Nigerians from the Niger Delta should be mindful of the consequences of the actions today tomorrow. Speaking with the Street Journal in Ibadan, he condemned what he described as the conspiracy of silence by the elders from South souther part of the country. ”I think the elders from that region are accomplices in this matter”, he said, stressing that they ought to have intervened to douse the crisis before it snowballed into an almost unmanageable proportion. He however, advised the rampaging youths to learn from the last civil war which claimed the lives of over two million innocent Nigerians from particularly the South east extractions.
A sociology expert from the University of Ibadan, Dr Olu Aderibigbe, decried the refusal of the militants to dialogue with the Federal Government. He said the way they were going about their agitation would deprive them of the needed public sympathy both within and outside the country. He said they should shelve the plan to declare a state of Niger Delta as threatened as that would be tantamount to declaring war against the Nigerian state.
He however, urged the government not to be detered by the antics of the militants and go ahead with having a dialogue with them.