A group in the South South, the Niger-Delta Intellectual Front (NDIF) has reacted to a recent threat by a militant group known as Niger Delta Republic Fighters, NDRF, to secede the Niger Delta region from Nigeria by June 1.
The NDRF had in a statement by its Director of Information, Maxwell Dan, alleged selective maltreatment of the people of the region by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration as one of the reason behind their secession plan.
Reacting however, NDIF assured Nigerians that threats of attacks and secession by the unknown group can never be actualized.
Brigadier Godknows Akparawo, Convener of the group, in a statement on Wednesday, said those behind the recent threat were apparently working for political players who lost out in the last election.
The statement added, “NDIF has taken time to study the threats of disruption of oil multinationals, hijack of Port Harcourt International Airport by phantom separatists fighter jets, threat of violence against other Nigerians amongst other rants and have come to the inevitable conclusion that those that issued the statement are political jobbers that are on a final revenue generation round before the May 29 Inauguration Day, when it would have become obvious that they failed their political paymasters in preventing Nigeria from the steady march on the path of progress.
“From the language of the statement issued by the wannabe separatists, it is apparent that they are on an errand on behalf of the opposition that lost the Presidential Election to President Muhammadu Buhari and discredited organizations like PANDEF.
“It is most unfortunate that they could not even hide the identity of those that sent them on the fool’ errand they are running even as it is apparent that those that have been misled to take on this task do not realize the enormity of the crimes they are committing by merely issuing the statement they have put in the public space.”