Niger Delta Avengers: Buhari will not leave Ogoniland alive

– A member of the Niger Delta Avengers has issued a
chilling warning to President Buhari
– In a phone conversation, the militants says the
president will be signing his death warrant by visiting
Ogoniland
– The militant also warns that any residents who
support the federal government against the group will
be killed for collaborating
A professed member of the Niger Delta Avengers has
warned the life of President Muhammadu Buhari will be in
danger if he visits the Ogoniland, the oil rich area of Rivers
state.
In a recording sent to IBTimes UK, a man is heard saying
during a phone conversation with one of the hosts of the
UK-based Radio Biafra that Buhari would be signing his
death warrant by visiting the delta.
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Buhari is due to visit several states in southeastern Nigeria
to discuss with local leaders ways to tackle renewed
violence in the area.
The president’s planned visit, expected to begin on
Thursday (2 June 2016) – comes amid attacks on oil
pipelines blamed on the new group Niger Delta Avengers
(NDA).

The Niger Delta Avengers have carried out a series
of raids on oil installations recently
The attacks have partially halted oil production and forced
Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell to close at least two plants.
“Buhari is trying to visit Ogoniland, but he should sign his
death warrant before coming to Port Harcourt or try to visit
any state of the Niger Delta community, Biafra land,” the
suspected NDA member said.
“We are starting a dance he cannot finish. We shall dance
like vultures. He [Buhari] has dared to wake a sleeping lion,
but I promise him this time around if he tries to step his
foot in any community of the Niger Delta, in Biafraland, he
will not go back alive.
“Any Niger Deltan who will try to walk with Buhari shall
also go to his grave that day. This is our assurance.”
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The alleged militants also condemned the Nigerian security
forces for shooting pro-Biafran demonstrators during
commemorations to pay homage to the victims of the
Nigerian Civil War on Monday.
“The Nigerian government shot and killed our brothers.
They showed us are the monsters,” the man said.
He then urged all pro-Biafrans to pray for Nnamdi Kanu,
the director of radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous
People of Biafra [IPOB], who is standing trial on six counts
of treasonable felony charges.
Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar however, Nigeria’s
director of defence information, dismissed the NDA’s
threats.
“Niger Delta is part of Nigeria and will remain part of
Nigeria for life. Buhari is the president, he is number one,
he can go anywhere he wants,” he said.
“[The] NDA are just criminals and we are treating them as
criminals. We are not being intimidated, we remain focused
to ensure security in the country and that Nigeria remains
one. Nobody is above the interest of the country.”
“We cannot and will not tolerate what these people are
doing. In the long run, they will surely pay for they have
done.”
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403 arrested
.The Nigerian environment minister Amina Mohammed
recently announced the president would visit Ogoniland on
Thursday, June 2.
She said President Buhari would launch a clean-up program
that will help to restore the region’s fragile ecosystem.
According to a United Nations Environmental Programme
report released in 2011, Ogoniland has suffered
catastrophic environmental damage that will take 25-30
years to clear up.

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