The peaceful negotiation between the Federal Government and the nefarious Niger Delta militant groups has been marred with issues of distrust between both parties.
Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. General Tukur Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has said that the military under his command will from this weekend launch Operation Ex-Crocodile Smile to practise Special Forces Troops in Amphibious and IS operations in riverine areas in South-South states of the country.
This has been described as a viable strategy to secure the turbulent Niger Delta region which has been adversely affected with the incessant attacks on oil facilities by the Niger Delta militants as well as other issues like kidnappings and piracy.
In the same vain, the leading militant group named the Niger Delta Avengers has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was free to step up oil exploration in the North East, but should forget about the export of any drop of crude oil from the Niger Delta.
Avengers’ spokesperson, self-styled Brig-Gen. Mudoch, in a statement, entitled, “Your drones won’t stop us,”said that the Federal Government was preparing for a military offensive in the region but using dialogue as a subterfuge.
“Also note that you will not be able to export one litre of crude oil in the Niger Delta. Just intensify the oil exploration in the North-East. As for exportation from the Niger Delta, forget about it because the Nigerian government won’t export a drop from our land.
“The NDA intelligence agency gathered that the said peace talk or dialogue by the Federal Government is a delay tactic employed by the government to enable the drones they ordered arrive latest end of August from the United States.
“This whole thing makes us to wonder what kind of country this is. We can all see that the government is not serious about any dialogue but is only making it seem as if the Niger Delta Avengers are the ones not ready for dialogue.
“Government can purchase all the drones from Europe and Untied State. It will not stop the NDA from bringing the country’s economy to zero.”