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The Niger Delta Avengers have pledged to lay down their weapons and resume talks with the Nigerian government after months of attacks on the country’s oil and gas infrastructure that have crippled the economy.

In a message posted on the group’s website late on Saturday, the NDA said it would “observe a cessation of hostilities” in the Niger delta and would support any effort to negotiate with “the federal government of Nigeria, representatives from the home countries of all multinational oil corporations and neutral international mediators.”

“We will give our Niger Delta elders and genuine stakeholders that tacit support to the dialogue table with the government and the Multinational oil Corporations whenever the enabling environment prevails,” said Mudoch Agbinibo, the spokesman for Avengers.

The group, however, said it would only a negotiation team put in place by a Niger Delta elder, Edwin Clark, with the aim of “achieving the short, medium and long-term frameworks and objectives to de-escalating conflicts in the Niger Delta.”

“Most of the frameworks and objectives are clearly stated in various reports, declarations and recommendations of the likes of the Sir Henry Willinks minority rights reports of pre-independence Nigeria (1957-8), The Kaiama Declaration document, The General Alexander Ogomudia report, The Leedum Mittee headed Niger Delta Technical Committee report and restructuring to fiscal federalism,” Agbinibo said.

But the NDA warned that it would resume hostilities if  “the Nigerian government and the ruling political APC continues to use security agencies/agents, formations and politicians to arrest, intimidate, invade and harass innocent citizens, suspected NDA members and invade especially Ijaw communities.”

Since the start of the year, the NDA has carried out a string of devastating attacks on Nigeria’s oil pipelines and facilities.

Oil majors including Shell, Exxon, Chevron, Eni and the state-run oil group NNPC have all been targeted this year.

The attacks have reduced Nigeria’s output by a third, hammering government revenue at a time of low global oil prices.

The oil sector accounts for 90 percent of the nation’s foreign exchange earnings and 70 percent of government revenue.

The NDA has claimed to seek a fairer share of Nigeria’s oil wealth for residents of the region as well as self-determination and political autonomy.


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26 Comments
  • juliusonny

    NIGERIA WE HAIL THEE!!!

    “THE BEGINNING OF THE END”
    An article posted on one of these electronic media one of these days, clearly depicted what is actually behind all these peline-bombings and vandalism, which are three major factors. Number one is laziness, stupidity, selfishness and primitivism. Laziness because members of Niger Delta Scavenger are simply VULTURES feeding on the carcasses of some Niger Deltan putrid politicians. The reason why they are asking for amnesty. They want to join the GRAVY TRAIN. Mind you, no amnesty for boko-haram therefore scavengers do not deserve one either. Number two, all these agitators have been mentally cheated by Mother Nature, the reason they will not learn that in modern days DIALOGUE is the best, the wisest, the safest and the cheapest solution no matter how long it may take. And finally number three, international community does not condone TERRORISM any longer because no country is an ISLAND. Moreover, criminals can no longer hide behind one single finger for it will not cover them.

    Just for record. Remember South Sudan?? They are sitting on trillions cubic of crude oil too, what have they achieved after
    obtaining break away? Nothing but inter-tribal wars and confusion right now. This is exactly what is going to happen to SS and SE. These regions are not only Ijaws and Igbos, rather many other tribes and sub-tribes who will start agitating for their own rights soon after breaking away, therefore they will never know peace. Dialogue remains the wisest, the safest and the cheapest way of solving grievances no matter how long it takes. You see, God feeds on Satan. When Satan vanishes, God will die of hunger.

    • Rexmond

      Sonny, I will give you the same response I gave to Laolu above, which is that I believe are a very young Nigerian with little or no knowledge of our country’s history. So, in response to all your insults, I will refer you to read this article “N96 Trillion Oil Revenue: How Nigeria short-changed oil producing areas” that was published in today’s Vanguard (Aug. 21, 2016) . Just for a little eduction on your part

      • juliusonny

        NIGERAI WE HAIL THEE!!!
        Dear Rexmond,
        I would honestly like to thank you for the interest shown in reading my comments. I do not normally reply to
        comments, but at times I do appreciate doing so. There are a few things I would like to enlighten you about. I am a 65 year old Nigerian who has all these years hoped to live a dignified life. I saw Nigeria obtained independence from Britain in 1960 and republic in 1963. What we were told then was having been independent things would change for better because we were free to decide our own future and present. Believe me or not, I am still expectant till present day. To cut the long story short, I witnessed the first military coup by Agunyi Ironsi, the second, the third, the forth and the Biafran war, the first, the second, the third, the forth republic and so on. It is a never ending psychological torture for me and for many Nigerians like myself, we never learn. I do not really care who is in power. It could be UPGA, PDP, UPN, NPN, APC,
        NNPC, CNN, NYCS as long as Nigeria becomes a developed nation with uninterrupted electricity, running drinkable water, good roads, good education, good health system, good schools, industrial development and so on delivered.If I were in position of any president, I mean any, whether from the west, east, south or north, I would choose each year of my administration to achieving one thing at a time. First uninterrupted power supply, second water, third all sorts of transportation because we human beings are natural migrants
        and finally sound health system. Also creation of Nigerianess and Nigerianism regardless of your political affiliation, religious beliefs and orientation, your ethnicity and tongues. It may sound utopia, but we can get pretty close to it. If MB sneezes today, he goes to Germany. If Aisha comes up with a bad cold, she is flown to England. If any of aids cuts his finger in his/her kitchen, he is quickly flown to India. But you and I?? You see my dear friend, your truth is different from mine, you background is different from mine. Your belief is different from mine notwithstanding we belong to same nation. I have read bible from Genesis to Revelation without skipping neither a verse, chapter nor books. I just found it very contradicting. The same goes for Quarn. You see, God feeds on Satan. When Satan vanishes, God will die of hunger.
        Have a great day.

        • Rexmond

          Sonny, thanks for your very civil and constructive response. I’m also in my 50s and like you (maybe a little less) I have lived through most of the changes our country have gone through over the decades. Yes, people of our generation did not care who came from where, who became president/ruler of our dear country, all we wanted was for our country to live up to our full potential and make progress.
          But things have changed, haven they? You and I witnesses to all the rot brought upon us by the over- concentration of power at the federal level, the evils of national laziness, thievery, and even murder over who controls or gets more (sharing of national cake) from the proceeds from the Niger-Delta oil at the expense of the people and their environment. Now contrast this to when we have regional governments (North, East, West and Midwest) that unleashed the creativity of every Nigerian (yes, God blessed us, all of us with wonderful talent) that led to in competitive development in all four regions. All this without a drop of oil, and because the regional government were held accountable by their own people. So, all I am saying with due respect Sonny, is that should go back to that system that you and I knew worked great for us. We have tried tried this “Federal this, National that” for 4 decades and has taken us backward.
          Lastly, if we must continue to run this system whereby the ‘almighty federal govt’ own the land and resources of the Niger Delta, then “almighty” federal government implement the land-use decree 100%, i.e., seize all land in the country, own the minerals and agricultural produce therefrom, and distribute them monthly among states and local governments. What do you say to this for the sake of justice and fairplay? Thanks for a very civil discuss.

  • Akin Malaolu

    The Avengers went on: “Most of the frameworks and objectives are clearly stated in various reports, declarations and recommendations of the likes of the Sir Henry Willinks minority rights reports of pre-independence Nigeria (1957-8), The Kaiama Declaration document, The General Alexander Ogomudia report, The Leedum Mittee headed, Niger Delta Technical Committee report and restructuring to fiscal federalism”.
    The above statement was a quote from the Avendiots. And I wonder if these gunhands have a library in their creek that makes them quotes certain declarations or Acts made out some decades ago.
    Their Sponsors having been unmasked made them to become cowards hence hurried meetings left and right with no better comprehension on how to call their boys including Tompolo to order.
    Nigerians should commend MEND for unmasking the renegades that were trying to blackmail Mr President.
    Foolish Elder like Edwin must by now be ashamed of leading the youths into committing SUICIDES. An Elder without SENSE ,an Elder of obtuse CHARACTER. An Elder that can commit abominable crimes and would still be smiling. An Elder an IDIOT and a FOOL.

    • Rexmond

      Laolu, sounds like you are a very young Nigerian probably under 30 years of age, and may not know much of Nigeria’s history. So, in response to all your insults, I will refer you to read this article “N96 Trillion Oil Revenue: How Nigeria short-changed oil producing areas” that was published in today’s Vanguard (Aug. 21, 2016) .

      • Kekedu

        Vanguard? No surprise. Don’t let them play on your emotions. They write anything and keep the tribes against one another to keep traffic to their website high.

        • amador kester

          Have you cross checked the statistics of what it recently published as intimated above so that you can objectively analyze or come up with a counterfact if any? I believe that democracy is half synonymous with proper management of statistics by all citizens. It saves us the burden of a thousand disputative contentions bordering on emotionalities

          • Kekedu

            Exactly my point Kester; you’re already getting emotional. You’ve been bitten by the Vanguard bug.

  • AriseNigeria

    NDA, you are the great warriors of the RIGHTEOUS ARMY against the evil invaders from the Vulture lazy tribe of Yoruba, and the illiterate Muslim terrorist for the North. I am glad that you did not heed to the call and cries of a fake leader-Mumuhead Buhari aka DOG to stop bombing legitimate economic interest of the scavengers from the Yoruba and Hausa tribe, but has rather reasoned and giving Edwin Clark chance to at least to tell the world and let the world know that your fight is a moral fight against INJUSTICE, OPPRESSION, DISCRIMINATION against your people by the worst human-beings (Yorubad and Hausad) that has ever populated the earth. Keep up the pressure. The Yorubad and Hausad Army realized very early that when it comes to the Creek and Niger region, fishes in the water will have more dead to feast on. BRAVO NDA!

  • AriseNigeria

    I don’t see how these LAZY Parasite-Vultures from South-West and the Terrorist Islamic North who are currently in power and who now feel emboldened having control of State Power and its apparatus will have any incentive to negotiate in good faith. These Barbaric Barbarians have no common decency nor the active working brains to think outside their shallow boxes, but with clouded and beclouded darkened heart of evil, hate and greed, this MONSTERS will continue to wreck havoc and terror upon anyone or group that opposes their evil and greedy agenda. THEREFORE the only message and the only appropriate response is to DERAIL their evil agenda. THIS DELVILISH PEOPLE WANTS TO DESTROY OUR PEOPLE “BY ANYWAY & IN EVERY WAY” POSSIBLE. THEREFORE, OUR ONLY OPTION IS TO FIGHT BACK, AND TO HIT THEM AND HIT THESE EVIL VULTURES & TERRORIST VERY, VERY, VERY HARD. THEY ARE THE REAL AXIS OF EVIL.

  • AriseNigeria

    Our agitation is PURE and SIMPLE, return Nigeria to (1) “Regional Autonomies” based on the current six geo-political structure and (2) Let each Region decides on the structure or size or the system of government it wants to operate (3) Let each region control their own RESOURCES (4) lLet each Region work-out its Security details independent of the central authority, (5) Representation at the National Assembly should be limited 6 Senators per each of the six regions (Senates) and 24 persons per each region for the lower assembly. No soul like Buhari should ever as President of Nigeria. Law against DISCRIMINATION should be enacted and implemented. Rotational Presidency of six years limit, and the Vice President must come from the same region. Regardless of the place of residency, EVERY CITIZEN MUST BE GUARANTEED PROTECTION FROM ANLAWFUL DETENTION, DISCRIMINATION, PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PROPERTY, AND THE RIGHT TO ASCENDENCE TO THE POSITION OF POWER BASED ON REGIONAL CONSTITUTION,

  • AriseNigeria

    No soul like Mumuhead Buhari aka “DOG” the Chief promoter of Nepotism and Tribalism should ever be President of Nigeria.

  • AriseNigeria

    Nnamdi Kanu-IPOB leader remains a HERO

  • agbobu

    NOW THE KITCHEN IS GETTING TOO HOT AND THE SOUP YOU COOKED IS NOW VERY SALTY AND VERY NASTY. THOSE WHO LIVE BY THE SWORD WILL DEFINITELY DIE BY THE SWORD. END OF STORY!

  • AriseNigeria

    We need an urgent constitutional amendment that specifically states that, ” No soul like Mumuhead Buhari aka “DOG” the Chief promoter of Nepotism and Tribalism should ever be President of Nigeria.” That is the only guarantee of Peace, Cooperation and Development in a New Nigeria. Remember: EQUITY, JUSTICE & FAIRNESS makes everyone a WINNER!!!

  • AriseNigeria

    We need an urgent constitutional amendment that specifically states that ” No soul like Mumuhead Buhari aka “DOG” the Chief promoter of Nepotism and Tribalism should ever be President of Nigeria.” That is the only guarantee of Peace, Cooperation and Development in a New Nigeria. Remember: EQUITY, JUSTICE & FAIRNESS makes everyone a WINNER!!

    • onyi

      It is already known that people from your area has no respect for elders, you reign insults on your eldersat will. I heard you flog your traditional chiefs. So abusing the president does not mean any wrong to you.

      • AriseNigeria

        Animalasshole, so in your community you honor murderers? In my community, a criminal, no matter his age, class or status is not honored. BUHARI IS A DOG, AND MAD DOG FOR THAT MATTER

  • onyi

    No discussion with any group, if am to be federal government. Military will crush any group that is avenging, it is a matter of time. Sefini.

  • AriseNigeria

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Nigerian Youth Movement (1934-1951)<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Its goal, and its demise and final collapse

    (1) Founders; "J.C. Vaughn, Ernest Ikoli, H.O. Davies, and Samuel Akinsanya founded the Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM) in 1934. Although based in Lagos, the NYM was the first Nigerian nationalist organization to promote politics outside of the capital (Then Lagos). Furthermore, the NYM was also the first organization to stress national unity over racial divisions, notably between the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups."

    (2)Objectives: "The NYM would outline its now broader fundamental mission in its 1938 Nigerian Youth Charter. According to its charter, the primary aim of the NYM was the development of a united nation out of the conglomeration of peoples who inhabited Nigeria, and the promotion of complete understanding along with a sense of common nationalism among different elements in the country"

    (3) Important to Note: "The two most influential leaders of the early years of the NYM were H.O. Davies, one of the founders, and Nnamdi Azikiwe."

    Nigeria NEVER Meant to in Unity
    (4)Although founded on the basis of equal racial participation, the demise of the NYM eventually came from a combination of ethnic tension and political infighting. Personal conflicts between Azikiwe, an Igbo nationalist, and the other members of the NYU, which as a whole was an increasingly Yoruba organization.

    (5) Igbo Hates Marginalization: "Eventually Azikiwe would leave the organization in protest to what believed were discriminatory policies against him and the Igbos."

    (6) Yoruba CAN NEVER BE NATIONALIST, IT IS AGAINST ITS DNA: "From then on the NYU was mainly a Yoruba organization that had evolved into the type of ethnically-based party it was founded to prevent. In April 1951 the NYU was absorbed by two other Yoruba political parties and ceased to be a force in Nigerian politics."
    (7) Nigeria is a non-working union, NEVER can be a UNION. While it serves the interest of poor Hausa and Yoruba to have a UNION, the fact remains that the country called Nigeria, can NEVER a nationhood. It is nobody's fault. An apple can not produce an orange, neither can you expect oil and water to mix, unfortunately the only remedy would have been the message of RESPECT & TOLERANCE, however that itself is unachievable, Islam which forms the core beliefs of dominant Northern region is a Religion of VIOLENCE and INTOLERANT to other faith. The Yorubas shares similar VIOLENCE religious beliefs as their Northern Cousin, half of the Yoruba that are Christians has been polluted by their Yoruba Muslim brethren, the Yoruba are the most ENVIOUS, JEALOUS & GREEDY human-being you will ever encounter, so if they see you as more prosperous , they will quick turn against you. Ambode Governor of Lagos State is clearly showing this traits today. So the Greed, Envy and Jealous of Yoruba people can easily translates to "VIOLENCE & INTOLERANT" against non-indigene residents in their domain. So what is the logical conclusion? By now, the picture should be rather clear, THAT NIGERIAN SOLUTION IS TWO FOLD, COMPLETE DIVISION AND SEPARATION AS SEPARATE INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES, ALTERNATIVELY, REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS WITH RESOURCE CONTROL AND LIBERTY TO RUN A SYSTEM THAT BEFITS AND THAT BENEFIT, EACH REGION. HAPPY SUNDAY

  • AriseNigeria

    Nigeria is a non-working union, NEVER can be a UNION. While it serves the interest of poor Hausa and Yoruba to have a UNION, the fact remains that the country called Nigeria, can NEVER assume the status of nationhood and it is nobody’s fault. An apple can not produce an orange, neither can you expect oil and water to mix, unfortunately the only remedy, which is the message of “RESPECT & TOLERANCE” is however unachievable in the cricustance and environment of Nigeria. Islam which forms the core beliefs and practices of the dominant Northern region is a Religion of VIOLENCE and INTOLERANT. The Yorubas shares similar VIOLENCE religious beliefs as their Northern Cousins, the other half of the Yorubas that are Christians has been polluted by their Yoruba Muslim brethren. The Yoruba as a people are the most ENVIOUS, JEALOUS & GREEDY human-being you will ever encounter on Earth, so if they see you as more prosperous , they will quickly turn against you. Ambode George, the current Governor of Lagos State is clearly showing this traits today. So the Greed, Envy and Jealous of Yoruba people can easily translates to “VIOLENCE & INTOLERANT” against the non-indigenous residents in their domain. So what is the logical conclusion? By now, the picture should be rather clear to you, THAT NIGERIAN SOLUTION IS TWO FOLD: (1)COMPLETE DIVISION AND SEPARATION AS SEPARATE INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES, (2)ALTERNATIVELY, REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS WITH RESOURCE CONTROL AND LIBERTY TO RUN A SYSTEM THAT BEFITS AND THAT BENEFITS EACH REGION. HAPPY SUNDAY.

    • james_grim_teacher

      It seemed to be working for you when Jonathan was in power

      • AriseNigeria

        Jonathan was a weakling that Obasanjo imposed on us. He ignored his people but worked too hard for the core North and ended by handing over power to a devil Mumuhead Buhari aka Mad-Old-Dog. As far as I am concerned his own crime could have been even worst, but I will forgive his naiveness of TRUSTING AN ENEMY which is YOU

      • AriseNigeria

        Moron, what does Johnathan has to do with YORUBA-GREED, ENVY & JEALOUSY or ISLAMIC INTOLERANT BELIEFS AND PRACTICES IN THE NORTH. READ AND READ VERY WELL BEFORE, YOU FOOLISLY RESPONDS

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