Nigeria’s militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, which almost crippled its economy during the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari, has returned.
In Buhari’s first year in office, the militant group began attacking oil installations, plunging Nigeria into recession.
After the attacks, oil production fell from 2.2 million barrels per day to below one million barrels per day, the lowest level in more than 30 years.
The militant group announced that it had launched ‘Operation Humble’ in an effort to cripple the Nigerian economy.
Additionally, it threatened to attack politicians working with the Federal Government “to undermine the Niger Delta region”.
“It is undeniable that Nigeria, which has gorged itself on our God-given wealth, is at the brink of collapse due to security and other challenges facing Nigeria; from terrorism and banditry in the North, to the secessionist gongs of the Oduduwa people of the South-west and IPOB in the South-east, it is obvious that peace in the Niger Delta, and by extension, the South-South geopolitical region, is still holding this country together.”
The Niger Delta and the South-South are still the most underdeveloped parts of Nigeria, as the failed Nigerian State undermines our needs and interests despite our position as the economic backbone and despite our resolve to maintain a peaceful environment conducive to smooth operations of oil multinationals.
The Nigerian economy plunged into recession about 4 years ago because of the notorious operation red economy*, not because we are lazy, but because we love our people and respect the elders of the Niger Delta region, who begged us to give peace a chance and give the government time to act on our demands.”
Because the government has allegedly failed to meet their demands, the group renewed hostility.
The group said it has lost confidence in the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), which played a vital role in getting the group to accept a ceasefire in 2017.
“To remind this failed government that we have reached the end of our patience, the Niger Delta Avengers High Command has resolved as follows:”
„We have lost total trust in all sociocultural groups like PANDEF, the elders from Niger Delta and the gang of so-called ex-agitators frolicking with the Government at our peril.
It will be dubbed ‘Operation Humble’* in order to bring down targeted oil installations in the Niger Delta, capable of humbling the economy into permanent recession.
Moreover, this mission targets political actors who collaborate with the Nigerian government to undermine the interests of the people in the Niger Delta.
The Nigerian Government has remained deaf to our demands and the mounting challenges in the country, because the pipelines that crisscross our lands are left untouched, allowing dollars to flow in for mismanagement daily.
In the coming days, we will not spare a single oil installation within our range of strategic targets targeted for destruction, and we are certain that the Nigerian Government will be humbled to go back to the drawing board and chart an all-inclusive course by the time our plan is complete.
In the Niger Delta, our strike teams are on red alert, awaiting the precise strike plans mapped by the NDA high command.”