A militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, on Wednesday called Nigeria a failed nation, and threatened to begin another round of violent campaigns against oil companies in Nigeria within the next few day, unless the federal government restructures the country.
In a statement posted on its website, the group insisted on the control of “our resources and directly use them to better our lot instead of being enslaved and made to beg before crumbs are released in a dress rehearsal-like manner to intervention agencies that are ineffective at addressing our challenges”.
The statement signed by its spokesperson, Murdoch Agbinibo, read, “While promising a brutal outpour of our wrath, which shall shake the coffers of the failed Nigerian nation, our demand unambiguously is for the government to restructure this country”.
Newsworth recalls that about 17 attacks on oil facilities in 2016 by the Avengers and other militant groups in the oil-rich Niger Delta were partly responsible for a slump in Nigeria’s oil production, which ended up plunging the country into an economic recession. In 2016 the Niger Delta Avengers bombed the Forcados sub-sea pipeline, a strike which involved the use of divers. But since January 2017 no substantial attacks have been carried out by any group in the delta.
“This round of attacks will be the most deadly and will be targeting the deep sea operations of the multinationals which include Bonga Platform, Agbami, EA Field, Britania-U Field, Akpo Field,” NDA threatened.