By Omos Oyibode, Asaba
Against the claim by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, that a militant called to threaten him on phone, the Niger Delta Avengers have said that no member of the group or its agent called nor threatened the life of the minister.
In a statement by the spokesman of the avengers, Col. Mudoch Agbinibo, and posted on the avengers website, the group denied that any agent or representative called the minister for whatever reason.
In a similar development, Agbinibo called on all international oil companies, indigenous oil firms and contractors to shun anyone who ever calls for any reason saying he is a member of the group and making demands that are not in tune with the objective of the avengers.
He said that the aim of the avenger is far beyond threatening lives of Nigerians but it’s aim is agitating for the total freedom and liberation of the Niger Delta people and making them have control over their resources.
“No agent or representative of the avengers has called the minister of state for petroleum resources and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Group Managing Director, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to threaten his life.
“To all international oil companies, indigenous oil companies and all contractors, if anyone called saying they are members of avengers, please do not listen or take them serious because our ideology and belief is far from that”, the spokesman said.
The statement further warned that should the federal government fail to meet their demands the avengers will continue to blow up the pipelines until the Nigerian economy is brought to level zero, saying as at present, it has recorded 50 percent success, but praying that in no distant time, it will record 100 percent, thereby crippling the economic base of Nigeria.
It also said by October 2016, it will display its currency, flag, passport, ruling and its territory to the world.
It called on the United Nations to join the liberation voice of the Niger Delta and free the people from the environmental pollution, slavery, and oppression of the government of Nigeria.
“We want a country that will turn the creeks of the Niger Delta to a tourism heaven, a country that will achieve its full potentials, and a country that will make health care system accessible to everyone.
“With Niger Delta still under the country Nigeria we can’t make it possible. So we are calling on Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations and all heads of the government of the five Permanent Security Council members to come to the aid of Niger Delta people.
“We are calling on world leaders to come to the Niger Delta to see the atrocities being committed by the Nigerian government”, insisting that “now is the time for the liberation of the people of the region”.