Saudi Arabian based Blackwater mercenaries contracted by President Muhammadu Buhari to combat the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is set to attack suspected camps and hideouts of NDA fighters in the Niger Delta.
According to a source close to the Presidency, the first sets of attack will be a coordinated offensive on 75 creeks in Bayelsa,Delta and Rivers states for three and a half months.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government had earlier been accused of paying USD$ 258 million to Blackwater mercenaries, an accusation the government has not denied.
Blackwaters mercenaries is a conglomerate of retired Saudi and US military officers who were reported to have entered Nigeria earlier this month.
Reacting to the purported deal to bring the mercenaries few days ago, the Avengers said it does not care if the Federal Government hires mercenaries from Saudi Arabia or anywhere to fight them.
Spokesperson of the militant group, Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo , said : “ The Niger Delta Avengers do not care if the federal government hires or concludes plans to bring in Bluewater , Graywater, Pinkwater, Whitewater or Blackwater mercenaries from Saudi Arabia. It is none of our business , the Saudi Arabia, has its own problem of terrorism, so coming here to help Nigerian government is funny. The Niger Delta region will win this war ”.
Nigerians react via online i-poll
An online i-poll conducted by Skyrock Daily has shown that Nigerians are not satisfied with the employment of Saudi Arabia Blackwater mercenaries by Buhari to fight only Niger Delta Avengers.
The poll accumulated one million (1, 000, 000) hits of People who used the avenue to express their opinions towards the news making rounds that Nigerian President, Mr. Muhammad Buhari has engaged the services of Saudi force to fight only Niger Delta Avengers while other deadly groups like Boko Haram, Herdsmen etc. are operating freely, killing citizens.
In there reactions, 20% supported the idea that the mercenaries should be used against the weight of Avengers, 35% voted for the use of the mercenaries to re-channel towards fighting Boko Haram insurgency and 45% went for the use of Saudi Blackwater mercenaries to fight herdsmen atrocities.
The reason gathered therein was base on scope of operation of these groups. Boko Haram is after human life, herdsmen is also after human life while that of Avengers is focused on properties destruction. On the view, human life is best secured than properties, since federal government can easily diversify its economy against Avengers target.
On this group, Skyrock Daily use this opportunity to Thank every one who spent there time and finance to make this exercise a successful one.