LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
A fragile peace in Nigeria’s oil-rich
Niger Delta region is at risk sliding as militants
resumed a threat for renewed hostilities and bombings of
oil installations in the region.
attacks by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant
group, reduced the country’s output to the lowest in
more than two decades.
attacks by the NDA crippled Nigeria’s oil production and
export operations, pushing output to more than a 21-year
low, forcing Nigeria to lose its status as Africa’s top
the militant group, which halted attacks on oil
installations in the Niger Delta region, in 2016,
following various appeals from the Niger Delta leaders,
had renounced the ceasefire.
The group in
a statement by its spokesperson, Murdoch Agbinibo,
disowned the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), who are
intermediaries between it and the government.
is led by the former Federal Commissioner for
Information, Edwin Clark, who had also appealed to the
group to maintain the existing peace.
group has launched several attacks on international oil
facilities in southern Nigeria as part of its campaign
to get what it calls a fairer distribution of the
region’s oil wealth to local people.
In a quick
reaction, the Nigerian government has appealed to
militants in the oil rich Niger Delta region to
reconsider its threat for renewed hostilities and
bombings of oil installations in the region.
the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Victor
Ndoma-Egba, in a statement reaching Xinhua on Tuesday
appealed to the group to tow the path toward a peaceful
resolution of all contentious issues.
He urged the
group to sheathe their swords and also advised that
violence will lead nowhere but aggravate the situation.
stressed that the damage done would be felt by the
region that is already overstretched and earnestly needs
Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP), Paul
Boroh urged members of the militant group to maintain
the existing peace in the region.
resumption of hostilities would be devastating to the
nation’s economy, he added, noting that violence
sometimes may have cleared away obstructions quickly,
but it never had proved to be creative.
presidential aide said peace could only be achieved by
understanding and not by force.
advised the group to make a difference and halt the
violence that would devastate the nation’s economy.
coordinator appealed to the group to adopt dialogue
instead of violence.
the group for the ceasefire five months ago and appealed
it should be sustained no matter their grievances.
presidential aide appealed to the group not to blow up
pipelines and oil installations in the region; adding
that it would be an economic sabotage against the
government offered amnesty to gunmen in June 2009 in the
oil-rich Niger Delta region, urging them to lay down
their weapons by Oct. 4, 2009 in a bid to end the unrest
which has cost the African top oil exporter billions of
dollars in revenue.
Nigerian armed youths gave up their weapons and embraced
the amnesty offered by the Nigerian government in the
most concerted effort yet to end years of fighting in
the oil-rich producing region.
Delta is an unstable area where inter-ethnic clashes are
commonplace. Access to oil revenue is the trigger for
the violence. Over 300 foreigners have been seized in
the Niger Delta since 2006. Almost all have been
released unharmed after paying a ransom.
bunkering on oil pipelines in the Niger Delta have cut
Nigeria’s output by around a fifth in recent years,
helping push world oil prices to record highs since the
beginning of 2006.
in the region has forced many international firms to
flee the area. The government has mobilized the Nigerian
army and coast guard in an anti-banditry operation.