The Nigerian government is partly responsible for this monster that has been created.Rather than find a lasting solution to the problem,they decided to pay off Niger Delta militants of yesterday.Now this is where the hypocrisy comes in.These leaders that were payed off in millions,did nothing to enhnace their communities that they were supposedly fighting for.
They took all the millions of dollars they were paid and invested them abroad.Building schools and hospitals and what have you not outside the country.Why didn't they invest that money in their communities?If they themselves could not develop their community when they had the resources and money,how can they blame the government? Goodluck Jonathan who is from the area,what did he do when in power in developing the Niger Delta?
All this clearly shows these so called Niger Delta avengers are only in this for the money and
nothing else.Realising that the government paid millions to their past comrades,they probably thought,hey,let's go on a destruction spree and eventually Nigeria will pay us millions to stop!
The latest news on Niger Delta avengers says the Nigerian Army has as of Sunday May 29th arrested 10 suspected militants and pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region, on Sunday.
Commander, 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin City, Farouk Yahaya, while addressing journalists said the suspects were arrested during a cordon and search exercise conducted in Oporozoa community and its environs in Delta State. Residents of the area had decried the invasion of the community since Saturday and raised alarm over alleged intimidation of innocent residents. A resident, who simply identified himself as Raphael, said the suspects arrested were innocent people who could not run away fast enough. He said the soldiers arrested them and labelled them members of the Niger Delta Avengers while the other residents are currently taking refuge in the bush. The Niger Delta Avengers is the group that has claimed responsibility for recent attacks on oil and gas pipelines and installations. However, Mr. Yahaya, a Brigadier General, said the arrested suspects may have links with the Niger Delta Avengers. He said guns, ammunition and other equipment were recovered from them. He said the operation was conducted professionally in line with the code of conduct and rules of engagement of the Nigerian Army. The Army also reaffirmed its commitment to tackling pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region.
This is good news considering only a few days ago,the insurgents struck again.
The Avengers claim on their website to be young, educated and well-traveled. They say they are better armed and more civilized than past militants. One thing's for sure: They are making an impact.
Nigerian Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu this week said the country's oil production has fallen by 800,000 barrels per day — to 1.4 million barrels per day — due to attacks on the nation's infrastructure, local news reported, many or perhaps most of them at the hands of the Avengers.
"We don't see this being a huge group, but at the same time, they do seem very effective," said Matthew Bey, energy and technology analyst at geopolitical research firm Stratfor.
Buhari has vowed to stamp out the Avengers, but the military has found it difficult in the past to hunt down militants in the Delta's maze of creeks. Nigeria's armed forces are also stretched thin as they wage a simultaneous, separate campaign against Muslim terror group Boko Haram in the north, and grapples with ethnic land conflicts in Nigeria's middle belt.
Both Iwilade and Akintola said the ultimate solution will require Buhari to start a dialogue with the Delta region and address the root causes of unrest.
The key is to show a greater commitment to a more-inclusive form of government that reduces marginalization and assures Buhari's anti-corruption campaign does not solely target the opposition party, Iwilade said.
Until then, the amnesty has given young, disenfranchised men a simple model, according to Ambassador Campbell.
"If you have nothing to do, go out, blow up enough and you'll get bought off," he said.