Rampaging militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, on Monday, declared a stop to hostilities in the Niger Delta region.
Avengers’ latest stance was contained in a letter by its spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The letter, which was posted on its website, called for regular dialogue between government and aggrieved groups for unity to prevail in the country.
According to the group, government should learn from developed democracies to allow internal protests and conflicts aimed at the greater good of the nation.
The letter reads, “We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to put away the garb of a stooge to the imperialists, whenever he speaks outside Nigeria. We have listened carefully and halted hostilities in the Niger Delta. We expect a genuine and positive attitude to restructuring and self-determination for every component unit of Nigeria. Dear president, what makes those countries (Japan, Germany, France, USA, Britain etc.) great is the ability of their governments to accommodate internal protestations and conflicts for the greater good of their nations over the years.
“Nigeria is not a one-man personal property. We must have these talks every time if this union must continue to work as one. The people of the Niger Delta have been living here from time immemorial, so we have the secret of the terrain and survival of amphibious operations.”
The group which has claimed responsibility for several attacks in the oil rich region, claimed that the Federal Government was out to execute a predetermined genocide against people of the region through its launched Operation Crocodile Smile, which was alleged to be a military drill.
“No amount of troop surge and simulation exercises will make you win the oil war; you can only win battles. You cannot apply the might of the state to restore the people’s confidence in your leadership when you cannot differentiate between genuine demands and being mismanaged by disorganised characters and tribal lords around you in your government that are playing the court jesters’ role as well as counting the days that is left in your four years term.
“You can deceive the whole world but we cannot be deceived by the so glamorized ongoing military operations in the creeks of Ijaw communities in the Delta coded ‘Operation Crocodile Smiles’; the world should know that with your pronouncement in Kenya and your attitude to the military build-up in the Niger Delta, it is crystal clear that the military has nothing less than a pre-determined genocide in Niger Delta.
“Please, also tell those foreign nations that your troops are about carrying out extrajudicial killings in the Niger Delta in violation of Article Four of the Geneva Convention with “OPERATION CROCODILE SMILE”.
“All sane minds know the meaning of “ CROCRODILE TEARS” so by code-naming your military operation CROCODILE SMILES only betrays your motives and attitude to the whole world about the Niger Delta question,” the group added.