Niger Delta Elders Demands: Avengers Issues Fresh Statement
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According to the Avengers, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), led by Chief Edwin Clark deserves kudos by all well meaning Nigerians for presenting such minimal demands before the government of Nigeria, to pacify the people of the region “that has been continuously raped and dehumanized since 1914, because the ‘Golden Egg’ she lays is the commonwealth of the nation.”
The Avengers, in a statement by their spokesman, Brig. Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, said the demands would lead to the roadmap to bring about the desired peaceful atmosphere that the nation needed, if there is sincerity.
The Avengers warned that “the days of buying peace through unpatriotic Niger Deltans, to extract our resources are gone for good”.
Agbinibo stated: “Since the day crude oil and gas resources was discovered for the past 60 years, we are only asking for portable water, electricity, affordable healthcare, quality education etc; until 1994, when our people were visited by state sponsored military terror by the regime of General Sani Abacha, a regime President Muhammadu Buhari served as one of his henchmen and chaired the Petroleum Trust Fund.
“This is the 21st century Niger Delta; we gave the Nigerian State and her International Oil Corporations freedom, peaceful atmosphere over time, but was betrayed. We are not deterred by President Muhammadu Buhari mulling over continuous military operation.”