Amidst Nigeria`s struggle against banditry, kidnapping and terrorism in various parts of the country, Niger Delta militant groups have threatened to launch attacks against the Federal Government.
According to reports, a Niger Delta militant group, the Supreme Egbesu Liberation Fighters, has made threats against the Federal Government to launch attacks in major cities.
The threat was contained in a video posted on Tuesday by Africa Independent Television (AIT) where a group of men dressed in military uniforms with their faces masked, were seen chanting war songs and brandishing rifles. The militant group threatened that their target of attack would be on major infrastructures in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja and the commercial hub, Lagos.
The group accused the federal government of marginalising the South-South region and failing to deliver on the amnesty programme.
While lamenting that the Niger Deltans are suffering in spite of their resources, the group said that the oil-producing states have no schools, no potable water, no light, no hospitals and access roads.
The militants demanded for the South-South states to be allowed to control their resources in the same way the federal government allowed Zamfara people to handle and control the gold found in their territory.
Over the years, the Niger Delta people have made frantic efforts to create an enabling environment but to our greatest dismay, the Nigerian government over the years has decided to handle the issues of the Niger Delta with levity.
Reading from a paper, a masked member of the group said:
“They have betrayed the struggle and have left the people to their fate.”
Continuing, the militant reading from the piece of paper said:
“Rather, what is visible is the presence of military gunboats and the numerous military personnel dispersed to the Niger Delta, who are killing, raping and maiming the innocent people of the region”.
The group noted that Nigeria’s territorial waters is being secured by an Israeli company, despite competent local hands.
“We are coming to destroy all your infrastructure in Abuja and Lagos…we will destroy the oil facilities both onshore and offshore in no distant time, we will be seen to be crippling the Nigerian economy.”
The militants nominated ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to mediate between them and the federal government.