NIGER-DELTA Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM, the only militant group in the Niger Delta that blatantly refused to honor the 60-day ceasefire between militants and Federal Government, which the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, frustratingly broke, last Friday, served a fresh notice, Monday on the Nigerian Army and oil multinationals to watch out for the “next big statement.”
This came as some Pan Niger Delta civil society groups criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over his recent statement that treasury looters were sponsoring militants, saying his gaffe was unacceptable. Meanwhile, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, came hard on the Pan-Delta Coastal States Consultative Forum, led by former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, for rejecting the Niger Delta Summit proposed by the Federal Government. While the NDA announced a ceasefire August 20 in deference to the Niger Delta monarchs, leaders and stakeholders, the NDGJM continued unabated with the bombing of Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC/Shorelines Petroleum delivering lines and other oil facilities in Delta state. The group in a statement by self-styled Gen Aldo Agbalaja, yesterday, entitled, ‘Notice to Multinationals,’ said: “We are hereby serving a notice to the oil multinational companies and their army of defense to watch out for the next big statement, it shall shake your imaginations” .It asserted: “The chickens seem to be coming home to roost now, the truth is dawning on blacklegs that working to shortchange their people will always backfire. When the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate said we were out to draw it to the last with the oppressors, some snickered and bluffed, their indignation became most annoying when those pretenders called Avengers gave life to our prediction and announced a ceasefire.” “Now they are all coming back to the basics, falling back in line after seeing first hand, that we have been right all along about the Nigerian federal government; it is a corrupt system that should never be trusted,” the group said.