The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), yesterday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call for a referendum for Nigerians to decide if they want to stay as one country or not, just like Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), David Cameron did over the UK membership of the European Union.
The group made the call while reacting to last Friday’s appeal by Buhari to Niger Delta militants to cease the bombing of oil and gas installations in the region.
“He (Buhari) should call for a referendum to enable every Nigerian to vote if they want to stay as Nigerians or not just like what David Cameron of Great Britain did,” the group told the Vanguard newspaper.
NDA had over a month and a half ago vowed “to display our currency, flag, passport, our ruling council and our territory to the world by October 16”.
Commenting on the president’s plea, National President of the Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, Comrade Austin Ozobo said: “Our worry is that since Buhari returned from his short vacation last Sunday, he has started dancing different tones. We learnt that there are preparations ongoing to smash and crush innocent people of Niger Delta under the guise of fighting militants.”
“Buhari is pretending and not serious with his plea. He has a hidden agenda; he is just doing this for record purpose so that when he will smash and crush on the grounds of failed dialogue, the blame will not shift to him.”