Disappointment As Buhari Records Massive Failure 

By Sanni Muhammed September 24, 2016 16:15

Disappointment As Buhari Records Massive Failure 

All efforts by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, to negotiate for a ceasefire with the deadly Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has ended in futility, as the militant group on Friday, September 23, resumed its activities in the oil rich Niger Delta.

The militants, who said they attacked the Bonny crude export line on Friday night, had in previous months, launched assaults, which cut crude production, previously slated at 2.1 million barrels per day at the start of the year, by around a third.

Reuters, reported that the group said in a statement on its website, that it “brought down oil production activities at the Bonny 48 inches crude oil export line”, through its “strike team”.

Reuters, which quoted them in its report, said it was however, unable to immediately independently verify the details.

The Avengers, said the attack was a “wake up call” for the government, which it accused of intimidating youths in the region, since the ceasefire began.

“While we were promised that the concerns of the Niger Delta will be addressed once a truce is declared, the activities of the government and her agents are not assuring enough. There has been no progress,” the group said.

However, the statement added that the organisation was “still in favor of dialogue and negotiations”.

Earlier this month, the Avengers told Reuters that there had been no contact with the government, since the group agreed to cease hostilities.

Recall, that President Buhari on Friday, said in New York, that treasury looters had recruited militants in the Niger Delta, to cripple Nigeria’s economy.

Speaking to Nigerian Professionals at a meeting in New York, the President said, “those who stole Nigeria dry are not happy with his government’s efforts to restore the country to its glory.

“They recruited militants against us in the Niger Delta, and began to sabotage oil infrastructure.

“We lose millions of barrels per day, at a time when every dollar we can earn, counts,” he said.