Niger Delta Avengers to cripple Nigeria’s economy over Buhari’s re-election

Niger Delta militants. PHOTO CREDIT: SHIPS & PORTS archive

The militant group, Niger Delta Avengers on Thursday threatened to cripple Nigeria’s economy if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected for another term.

Africa most populous nation and OPEC member has scheduled Saturday Feb.16 for the conduct of its presidential election in which Buhari is seeking another four-year term as president against top contender, Atiku Abubakar.

The group in a statement by Spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo, said it will not relent until oil stops to flow and advice International Oil Companies (IOCs) to withdraw their workforce and services from the Niger Delta during the election window.

It read, “We are in charge of the struggle now and our strike teams are active and gallantly waiting to receive instructions from the high command to cripple the Nigerian Economy again if Buhari is rigged back to office.

“And this time, it will be a perpetual recession for Nigeria, as we shall not relent until oil stops to flow in the pipes that braces our feet in our land.

“As a warning and closing note; we want to resound it to members of the International Community, multinational corporations and subsidiaries’ operatives to withdraw their workforce and services from Niger Delta within the period of this elections.”

The Peace Ambassadors of the Niger Delta (PAND) — a group of former militants, had on Wednesday in Port Harcourt endorsed the second term bid of Buhari.