A group of armed agitators in the Niger Delta region called Niger Delta Sea Commandos (NDSC) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to cease making appeals to militants to stop bombing attacks on oil and gas facilities, and rather commence dialogue with stakeholders to avert the looming disaster.
Vanguard reports that the spokesperson of the self-styled militant group, Major Osama Blatter, in a statement, said: “As members of Sea Commandos, we cannot take Buhari’s plea serious and we are running out of patience. The issue is when he will start his dialogue.”
The Sea Commandos asked further:
“When will Nigeria grant Niger Delta autonomous state? Buhari should not play politics with Niger Delta’s demands. If he plays with us, we will ground his government. Delay is dangerous. We are not interested in any plea.
“Who told Buhari that Nigerians do not have other country than Nigeria? Niger Deltans are not part of Nigeria he is referring to because we belong to Niger Delta Republic.
“Buhari should lead the negotiation team, we want him in the creeks, Buhari should not expect our oil to stabilise Nigerians economy, that is a thing of the past. Since he came back, we have not heard anything from him about the expired two-week ceasefire, he has not announced any extension, which is why we say that he is pretending. We are warning that we can no longer wait, we will commence attack any moment from now.”
Meanwhile, a Niger Delta activist, Chief Bello Oboko, has declared his support for the call on President Buhari to organise a referendum to find out what Nigerians want.
Oboko in a statement, said: “This is to appreciate Buhari on his commendation to the British Prime Minister David Cameron on the occasion of United Kingdom, voting to leave European Union, democratically without necessarily applying British Jumbo fighter jets last seen put to use in Libya.
“Referendum to peacefully re-make Nigeria like EU is most attractive, recommendable to redressing the Niger Delta national challenge.
“This is, therefore, to appeal to President Buhari to replicate the British example against military option by adopting the in-out voting democracy to peacefully fix the Niger Delta national challenge at last.”