The Niger Delta Avengers militant group on Friday has denied the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that his administration was holding talks with the militants in other to reach a possible compromise.
The militants in recent times had claimed responsibilities for a series of attacks on some oil facilities in the country.
Mudoch Agbinibo, the group’s spokesman, in a statement, said the group was not aware of any ongoing peace talks.
It said the militants would only hold peace talks with the government if the international community were involved.
The group alleged that the government was in talks with its own mercenaries which it engaged to bring to a halt the militants’ genuine struggle for the people of the region.
Read the group’s full statement below:
“Our attention has been drawn to media report that the President is in touch with Niger Delta agitators including the Niger Delta Avengers but the truth is that we are not aware of any peace talk.
“If there is any such peace talk, it means the President is talking to their mercenaries set to disturb the genuine struggle of the agitators.
“President Buhari led government is not sincere to the Nigeria people and their foreign allies.
“If we are to engage in any peace talk we made it clear that the international community must be part of it. The President knows our demands. So they should stop deceiving the international oil companies, the general public and the international community.”