Wasting $258million Hiring Saudi Blackwater Mercenaries Laughable – Niger Delta Avengers
In view of the Federal Government’s unwillingness to dialogue with the Niger Delta Avengers, the Niger Delta Avengers who have continued to wreck havoc on oil installations in Niger Delta Region, worsening the environmental situation in that region has described as laughable reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria has concluded plans with Saudi Authorities to deploy Saudi Black Water Mercenaries to crush the violent agitators in the Region.
Responding to the allegation that the Federal Government will soon deploy Mercenaries from Saudi Black Waters, the group said:
“The Niger Delta Avengers do not care if the Federal Government hires or concludes plans to bring in Bluewater, Graywater, Pinkwater, Whitewater or Blackwater mercenaries from Saudi Arabia. It is none of our business, the Saudi Arabia, has its own problem of terrorism, so coming here to help Nigerian government is funny. The Niger Delta region will win this war,” the group added.
It would be recalled the Federal Government, through the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has intimated on government’s unwillingness to dialogue with Niger Delta Avengers describing them as economic warriors who are fighting for their pockets and their own economic wellbeing at the costs of the Region and Nigerians.
“They are not freedom fighters but economic warriors who are fighting for their own private pockets”
Professor Osinbajo who delivered the second foundation lecture of Elizade University, Ilaramokin, Ondo state entitled “The Future is here earlier than we thought”, declared:
“The so called avengers are not freedom fighters but fighting for their own economic benefits. They are avenging for their private pocket and that is why government is not talking with them. The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to tackle the menace of pipeline vandalism in the Niger/Delta region.
The Niger Delta Avengers, however, continued its crippling attacks on the nation’s economy, blowing up the Nembe 1, 2 and 3 trunk lines in Bayelsa and Rivers states, in the early hours of Friday. According to its spokesperson, Gen Mudoch Agbinibo.
On the other hand, The Royal Embassy of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria through one of its staff who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the $280 million deal, as part of the agreement in the Saudi-led Islamic coalition against terrorism. Anwar Eshki, a retired Major General, in the Saudi armed forces is reportedly the head of Blackwater, which undertakes such assignments for the Saudi Arabian government.
Nigerians have been reacting to the proposed deployment of Saudi based Mercenaries to Niger Delta, querying the rationale behind it as the move may exacerbate crises in the region and worsen the security situation in Nigeria as meanings will definitely be read into the move along religious lines.
The Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI,
We have always asserted that destroying oil pipelines is not in the best interest of our environment. However, we want to reiterate that bombing Niger Delta communities or wasting $258million to hire fighters to fight the Niger Delta Avengers will not stop Niger Delta quest for self-determination. Rather, it will aggravate and teach aggrieved youths better warfare and how to go about acquiring modern equipment to fight back tomorrow.
The group in a joint statement by the national president and spokesperson, Austin Ozobo and Daniel Ezekiel, said:
“We wonder why the government is so bent on wasting such huge amount of money to hire fighters from Saudi Arabia to fight a region that has fed the country for the past 58 years. We are also surprised at the president’s decision to hire his Muslim allies to fight Niger Delta people.” It asked: “Why not Nigeria soldiers? What happened to the 100 gunboats, 5 warships and 3 fighter jets earlier deployed to the creeks to fight Niger Delta Avengers, which turned into a venture of intimidating innocent people and invading communities