Leadership (Abuja)

9 January 2012

Nigeria: Niger Delta Militants Warn Boko Haram, Threaten Oil Installations

A militant group in the Niger Delta has warned that it will be forced to retaliate the killing of Christians and other Southerners by the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, if the federal government failed to tackle the security challenges in parts of the country.

This was just as it threatened to attack major oil installations and military bases if nothing urgent was done to check the ugly situation.

The group, Movement for the Liberation of the People of the Niger Delta (MLPND), specifically flayed the killing of Christians, especially those from the southern part of Nigeria, by the sect and described it as one provocation too many.

Leader of the group, Mr. Dan Anderson, who disclosed this in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, said it would resume the attacks by the end of January to protest the brutal killing of Christians and Southerners by the Boko Haram in some states of the North.

"The bloody activities of these people (Boko Haram) are becoming very unbearable. What is their demand? What do they actually want?" Anderson asked.

The militant leader whose group was at the forefront of the famous Kaiama Declaration said, "We are on ground. What we will do this month end will be drastic. We started this struggle and it has been found out that the system is not working.

"We fought for the betterment of all Niger Delta people such as free healthcare, standard education, steady electricity, good road and others but none of these things have been provided.

"We will shake this system because we want the federal government to give us our fare share of the national cake," he said.

Anderson further said that the actions of the sect was provocative, even as he said that the Muslims have their biggest mosque on Gambia Street in Port Harcourt where they shut down the major road during Juma't services without interference.

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