President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to new threats by a militant group called the Niger Delta Avengers, to cause instability in the Niger Delta region of the country.
The group had threatened to sabotage Nigeria’s economy by attacking the oil installations in the region. They also threatened to attack politicians collaborating with the Nigerian government to undermine the interest of the region.
The President, in a statement by the presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina on Sunday, described the group’s statement as curious. He said this during his meeting on Friday with the leadership of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) who visited him at the Presidential Villa.
“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).”
President 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 towards reducing oil spillage in the region. President Buhari also spoke on the need for creation of more states and local government areas for the Ijaw people.