President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to a fresh threat by a militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, to cause instability in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
The group in a recent statement attributed to it said it was planning to sabotage Nigeria’s economy by attacking oil installations in the region.
The group also threatened to attack politicians “collaborating” with the Nigerian government to “undermine” the interest of the region.
But Mr Buhari on Sunday described the group’s statement as “curious.”
“It is curious that the threat was coming less than 48 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari met with the leadership of the Niger Delta and Ijaw National Congress (INC), at the Presidential Villa, and the germane issues had been responded to, especially call for restructuring of the Federation, and the inauguration of a Board for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC),” a presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina said in a statement.
The statement contained Mr Buhari’s remarks during his meeting on Friday with the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) who visited him at the Presidential Villa. The remarks could be seen also as the president’s response to the latest threat by the Niger Delta Avengers, apparently.
Mr Buhari, who expressed concern about the environmental pollution in the Niger Delta, said he had directed the Minister of Environment to ensure that the ongoing cleanup of Ogoniland is “implemented with a high percentage of local content and inclusion of the surrounding communities”.
He said relevant government agencies were working to reduce oil spills in the region.
President Buhari also talked about a request for the creation of additional states and more local government areas for the Ijaw people, as well as the call for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation.