Godwin Udoh, Asaba
The militant group, Niger-Delta Avengers, on Monday warned President Muhammadu Buhari against dealing with “sycophants” in his search for peace in the Niger Delta Region.
The group gave the warning in a statement issued by its spokesmen, Mudoch Agbimbo.
It asked the President to visit the region to find out things for himself, saying, “You cannot treat the Niger Delta region with disdain while you treat your brothers that are terrorists and kidnappers (Boko Haram) like kings and queens by committing the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement from Geneva to witness your transaction with them before they released their hostages to you.”
The statement further read, “We are disposed to dialogue but we want Mr. President to come down and negotiate with us rather than using his political aides who are sycophants and will be feeding him with wrong information. We will not take such from Mr. President; we want him to interface with us as a way to providing a lasting solution to the Niger-Delta crisis; we will not interface with political sycophants.”
Meanwhile, the President of the Ijaw National Congress, Chief Boma Obuoforibo, has said that the Niger-Delta stakeholders will not give the Federal Government an ultimatum or deadline to implement their demands for the development of the region, stressing that the stakeholders were optimistic that the President would not renege on his promise to alleviate the sufferings of the Niger-Delta people.
He said, “We are not going to be negative about the ability of the Federal Government to implement the demands because we have a positive mindset and we have never reached this length in the past, we are doing all this in good faith.” Punch.ng.com