Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has agreed to a conditional ceasefire in the Niger Delta region.
The rampaging group which has claimed responsibility for several attacks on oil installations in the region, took the decision following plea by monarchs and leaders of the region, who asked them on Friday, to stop further hostilities.
The monarchs and elders of the region who made the plea during a stakeholders meeting on Warri, Delta State, said the call for ceasefire was to allow them negotiate with the Federal Government genuinely.
Disclosing the group’s affirmation to temporary ceasefire, spokesperson of Avengers, self-styled Brigadier Gen, Mudoch Agbinibo, however, said the group will continue to observe, adding that it will continue its fight if the negotiation fails, Vanguard reports.
Agbinibo said, “The struggle has always been a pan-Niger Delta one. We also know the anti-Niger Delta elements are using some disorganised characters from the region to scuttle the efforts to restore the essence of our humanity: Resource control and self-determination.
“But we promise to fight more for the Niger Delta, if this opportunity fails. Therefore, we will give our Niger Delta elders and genuine stakeholders that tacit support to go to the dialogue table with government and the multinational oil corporations whenever the enabling environment prevails.
“We are going to support any collective/negotiation team emerging from Chief (Dr.) Papa Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, Niger Delta elders and genuine stakeholders’ conference to engage the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Most of the frameworks and objectives are clearly stated in various reports, declarations and recommendations of the likes of the Sir Henry Willinks minority rights reports of pre-independence Nigeria (1957-8), The Kaiama Declaration document, The General Alexander Ogomudia report, The Leedum Mittee headed, Niger Delta Technical Committee report and restructuring to fiscal federalism.
“We have resolved to reject any idea of the peace of our times; we want the peace with honor this time around! Our advice to our Niger Delta elders and genuine stakeholders is that, whenever this inhuman project called Nigeria and her government is ready for dialogue/negotiations with them, this mandate should be treated with that care as driving a vehicle like that of a truck laden with fire.
“We are going to continue the observation of our unannounced cessation of hostilities in the Niger Delta against all interest of the multinational oil corporations. But we will continuously adopt our asymmetric warfare during this period if the Nigerian government and the ruling political APC continues to use security agencies/agents, formations and politicians to arrest, intimidate, invade and harass innocent citizens, suspected NDA members and invade especially Ijaw communities.”
At Last! Niger Delta Avengers agrees to conditional ceasefire
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