Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has described as a deception, government’s claim of negotiating with the militants in the Niger Delta oil region.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday, while granting farewell audience to the outgoing Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zinner, at the Presidential Villa Abuja, claimed that his administration was holding talks with the militants for possible compromise.
But Avengers, which has been the deadliest group since resurgence of militancy in the oil region in a statement issued by the group’s spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo refuted the claim, saying the group was not aware of any ongoing peace talks.
The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to media report that the president is in touch with Niger Delta agitators including the Niger Delta Avengers, but the truth is that we are not aware of any peace talk.
“If there is any such peace talk, it means the president is talking to their mercenaries set to disturb the genuine struggle of the agitators. President Buhari-led government is not sincere to the Nigeria people and their foreign allies.
“If we are to engage in any peace talk we made it clear that the international community must be part of it. The President knows our demands. So they should stop deceiving the international oil companies, the general public and the international community”, the statement read.