The Niger Delta Avengers have called on President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to emulate Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom by organizing a referendum on their demands.
The request is contained in a series of tweets on Saturday by the militant group.
“President Buhari, borrow a leaf from PM David Cameron, call for a referendum and let Nigerians decide like they did to vote you to power”, they said in one of the tweets.
Meanwhile, the group in a statement on their website on Saturday called on President Buhari to visit the Niger Delta and see for him.
According to the statement signed by Brig.Gen Moduch Agbinibo, “The Nigeria President Buhari should visit Ugborodo host to Chevron crude oil Export terminal/EGTL gas plant, Ogulagha host to Shell Forcados Crude Oil Export terminal/tank farm, Bonny Island host to Shell Bonny Crude Oil Export terminal/NLNG gas terminal, Brass host to Agip/ENI export terminal, Ibeno host to ExxonMobil Qua Iboe crude export terminal. These are just the export terminals not talking about the numerous oil and gas flow stations and the oil Wells that criss cross the length and breadth of the Niger delta”.
“Mr. President come and see for yourself what the host communities are going through in the hands of Nigeria government and the multinationals”.
The tweets and statement may have been reactions to Friday night appeal by President Buhari to Niger Delta militants to soft-pedal on their activities.
It would be recalled that President Buhari on Friday during the breaking of fast meeting with All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership at the Presidential Villa, Abuja urged Niger Delta militants to soft pedal on the bombing and destruction of oil and gas installations.
“Those of you who have friends among the leadership or even the militants themselves should plead with them in the name of God Almighty to take it easy.
“We need to stabilize to create employment, we need to stabilize the economy etc. I agonize over these things”, Buhari said