A coalition of Nine ex Niger Delta Militant groups have backed the ongoing protest against police brutality and poor living condition in the country, while threatening to resume hostilities and engage the military if the demand of the protesters are not met by the Federal Government.
The Militant groups under the aegis of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) made this known in a communique issued after an emergency meeting held on Monday in Delta state and presided over by its leader, John mark Ezon Ebi
They expressed readiness to withdraw from the ceasefire pact with the Federal Government and engage the troops attached to the proposed Operation Crocodile Smile.
The RNDA also threatened to resume attacks on some identified oil facilities in the region if the government fails to address issues of poor welfare, armed oppression and inequality in the standard of living between the citizen and the political elites.
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The group hinged the decision to support the protesting youths on the open inequality in the distribution of wealth and development in the country.
“We, the agitating militant groups in the creeks are lending our voice to the demands of our great resilience Nigerian youths based on the fact that Nigeria is a blessed nation full of abundance of so much untapped natural resources, wherefore we demand for a better Nigeria that the welfare of the citizens should be serious taken into account,” the communique partly read.
“While the citizens are making sacrifices in the areas of adjusting to harsh economic policies of government, the aides of President Buhari and members of the National Assembly are living large in opulence. Even the members of the RNDA made sacrifices to agree to a ceasefire in 2016 in order to allow the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC federal government to consolidate on its renewed policy of trust for his anti- corruption fight and economic growth job creation and transformational policies of massive infrastructural developmental strides within the Niger Delta region and the country at large. But the National Assembly members and the political class are pushing the people to the wall and we are ready to fight back,” they added.