There appears to be a probable regrouping of militants in the Niger Delta area, as one of the resistant militant groups has openly announced their support for Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader and presidential contender in 2023.
The suspected militants, who were disguised in a video posted on Friday, stated that they would be operating along the Niger Delta coastline in order to fulfill Tinubu’s presidential ambitions in 2023.
Thousands of militant groups had in 2009 renounced militancy after the federal government under late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua declared an amnesty programme for the freedom fighters who were pushing for control of resources in the region.
It was not clear where this new group were operating from but in a footage they released on Friday, they spoke of their preparedness to take over the coastline of the nine states of Niger Delta.
Displaying assorted rifles in several customised gunboats, the militants declared that Tinubu is the only one they want to succeed President Buhari, vowing to work for him and ensure that he wins all the states of the Niger Delta region.
Chanting Ijaw war songs, they threatened to unleash mayhem if Tinubu is not given the chance to emerge as Buhari’s successor.
The development is coming at the time multiple reports say former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan, an Ijaw man would likely declare to contest the 2023 presidential election under the APC platform.