In a swift reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari’s claims on Thursday that the Federal Government was speaking to Niger Delta militants through the oil companies and security agencies, Niger Delta Avengers said there were no such peace dialogues.
The rampaging group said if it was true, it means the government was engaging mercenaries put in place to disrupt the genuine struggle of the ‘’agitators’’, accusing the President of not being sincere with the Niger Delta people.
The group said if it was going to accept the olive branch from Abuja, international community must be part of it , advising the government to stop deceiving the general public as its demands were well articulated.
Its spokesperson, Brigadier Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, stated “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 talks.
“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 talks, we made it clear that the international community must be part of it. The President knows our demands. Therefore, they should stop deceiving the international oil companies, the general public and the international community.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday, affirmed that his administration was in dialogue with Niger Delta militants to ensure stoppage of the bombings of oil and gas pipelines.
The President spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu , while granting farewell audience to the outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zinner, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to Buhari, the talks were being done through oil firms and law-enforcement agencies and there were meant to find enduring solution to insecurity in the region, adding his administration was studying the instruments of the Presidential Amnesty Programme inherited from the previous administrations so as to implement it to the letter.
“We understand their feelings, we are studying the instruments, we have to secure the environment otherwise investment will not come. We will do our best for the country,” Shehu quoted the President as saying.