Avengers asks fighters to be ready for fierce war against FG in 2017

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The Niger Delta Avengers, a local militant group known for attacking oil pipelines in the delta region, on Friday (6 January) announced the launch of a more fierce war and bloodshed against the Nigerian government in 2017, International Business Times reports.

The government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the militant group have been engaged in talks for more than six months over the latter’s concerns about oil revenues and poverty levels of the people of Niger Delta. However, the group claimed that the government was “politicising and blackmailing the process to forestall any genuine dialogue and negotiations”.

It said; “As we get prepared for the challenges ahead 2017, We make bold to tell the people of our Niger Delta, sane minds in Nigeria and the comity of nations that the remaining 11 months and couples of weeks in 2017 will be filled with surprises and a reconfiguration of the struggle for the liberation of our motherland.”