Niger Delta militants warn Buhari over $1bn withdrawal 

A statement coming from the office of a Niger Delta militant group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration over the withdrawal of $1billion from Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

The militants warned that they “will not take this but resist it with our might.”

The statement described the plan to withdraw the $1bn as wicked and insensitive.

The press release signed by self-styled, Major General Johnmark Ezonbi, said the federal government disregarded the peace accord signed with the people of the Niger Delta.

The RNDA also warned the government not to take the present ceasefire agreement for granted.

The letter partly read, “Through the ceasefire, the country is enjoying daily crude oil production of between 2.2 and 2.4million barrels of crude production which amount to billions of naira daily for the Federal Government. It also helped the country to get out of recession. So, the government should not take our patience and silence for granted.

“We want to state categorically that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is insensitive and practically negating the principles of natural justice by using resources derived from a neglected region to combat insurgency in the North-East in the senseless Boko Haram war to the tune of $1bn from ECA.

“We will not take this but resist with our might. This broad day light robbery against the Niger Delta people will not be accepted by us. We are going to resist this perpetual injustice against our long-neglected people in the region.”