Eleven militant groups operating in the oil-rich Niger Delta have demanded the reinstatement of Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), the sacked Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Before his sack, Boroh doubled as the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta.
The groups, which include the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, gave President Muhammadu Buhari a four-week ultimatum to reinstate Boroh, failing which they will resume destruction of oil installations in the Niger Delta.
Buhari last week replaced Boroh with Prof. Charles Dokubo.
But the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the leader of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, Johnmark Ezonbi, as expressing displeasure with the change, saying the Federal Government would “hear from them” over the issue.
Ezonbi accused FG of toying with the destiny of the Niger Delta by the change, saying Boroh had played a significant role in bringing peace to the volatile region.
According to him, “The federal government will hear from us at the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum as no single stone will be left unturned as the administration preferred to go back to the recession period where Boroh played a major role by visiting the creeks with other stakeholders to prevail on the boys to drop their arms and embrace peace.
“[We will] embark on a well coordinated destruction of all major delivery oil pipelines after the expiration of the four weeks ultimatum without looking back.
“I want to warn that any intruder into our planned action in four weeks time if the federal government fails to reinstate General Paul Boroh will be severely dealt with without mercy because our attack will make security agencies in the creek very small.
“We are fully ready to take on anybody as we have the instrumental of warfare that will make the biggest military might to marvel at our coordinated attacks.
“We are ready to dirty our rivers and creek with our oil, it is better we spill it than allow government use it to develop other parts of the country.”