- Militants in Niger Delta have withdrawn their four-week ultimatum given to President Muhammadu Buhari on the recall of Brigadier General Paul Boroh (retd)
- The agitators, on the platform of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), have instead lent their support to the president's poverty alleviation programme in the region
- The group appealled for a collaboration between its members and the presidency in achieving common objectives
The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) and a coalition of nine militant groups in the Niger Delta have gone back on its the four-week ultimatum given to President Muhammadu Buhari to recall Brigadier General Paul Boroh (retd), the sacked coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, or expect their attacks on pipelines, the Vanguard reports.
In a communiqué by Johnmark Ezon-Ebi, RNDA leader, after a meeting at Bini River, Egbema Creek in Delta state, the militants declared support for the federal government’s programme to deal with the underdevelopment challenges facing the region and urged other militants to follow suit.
The communiqué read: “The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, in coalition with nine militant groups, have withdrawn its four-week ultimatum given to the Federal Government to reinstate Boroh or face renewed attacks on oil facilities and installation across the Niger Delta region.
“With the withdrawal of our ultimatum, we pledge to support the new Presidential Amnesty Coordinator, Professor Charles Dokubo, and urge him to work hard to improve the fortunes of the programme to fully address the challenges confronting it, as well as work with agitating militant groups in collaboration with well-meaning stakeholders such as Pan Niger Delta Peoples Congress (PNDPC).”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the coordinator of Ijaw monitoring group, Joseph Evah, had cautioned Ijaw youths over the ultimatum given to the federal government to recall Boroh.
NAIJ.com notes that Evah, who cautioned the youths on behalf of his group and Ijaw elders, enjoined them to withdraw their threat and maintain peace in the region.
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