The Niger Delta Avengers have stated that the 48-inch crude oil export line they bombed in Bonny was just a wake-up call for the government and not a statement of disinterest in negotiations.
The Avengers confirmed that they were responsible for the bombing of the pipeline and they did it due to the “overdramatisation of the so-called dialogue and negotiation moves by the Federal Government.” which isn’t moving at a pace they like.
They also added that they do not like the posture of President Buhari as they do not find it reassuring enough.
Their statement read in part; “On September 23, 2016, our strike team brought down oil production activities at the Bonny crude oil export line. Since the cessation of hostilities and the commitment of the PAN Niger Delta Elders and stakeholders team, the Federal Government and its agents are turning the expectations of the Niger Delta people to shameful scenes. This is only a wake-up call; we may not have other ways to say it better.”
They said that they were still keen on negotiations as long as it was done right and that the military are not allowed to break their ceasefire accord as any effort to do so would be resisted.
The statement by the Avengers said; “We are still in favour of the dialogue and negotiations. We want peace with honour. We will resist all actions undermining the ceasefire from the side of the government and its security agencies.”