As promised in its statement on May 12 released on its website, members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have unveiled the national currency of the Republic of the Niger Delta.
It had earlier warned in the statement that “By October 2016, we will display our Currency, Flag, Passport, our ruling Council and our Territory to the world.”
The group had, in the statement, also vowed to stop at nothing until a sovereign state of the Republic of Niger Delta is actualised.
The republic’s currency, sourced from a Warri-based news media website, has “Bank of Niger Delta” written atop and signed by the Governor of the Central Bank of Niger Delta, one Osi F. Moses.
The one-pound denomination note, numbered AC0092383473, has the photo of Isaac Adaka Boro, the late young, brave Ijaw matyre on it with a cross seal of “Central Bank of the Niger Delta.”
A source said the destruction of the region’s ecosystem and the seeming lackadaisical attitude by the present Federal Government to the plight of the region are some of the reasons for planned secession.
He said the call for secession from the present Nigeria has become absolutely necessary to save Niger Delta communities in the neglected region from gradual extinction.
It will be recalled NDA had, however, in the May 12 statement, warned that it would avenge all evils done against the region by successive government of Nigeria and oil multinationals.
“To international Oil Companies, this is just the beginning and you have not seen anything yet.
“We will make you suffer as you have been made the people of Niger deltans suffered over the years from environmental degradation, and environment pollution,” NDA stated in its statement released on May 12 on its website.
The group had also fulfilled its threat to blow up more oil and gas pipelines if owners of oil blocs and IOCs refused the call to quit the region.
“To owners and operators of these oil blocs in our region the Niger Delta Avengers is giving you two weeks ultimatum to shut down your operations and evacuates your staff.
“If at the end of the ultimatum and you still operating. We will blow up all the locations. It will be bloody. So just shut down your operations and leave.
It disclosed in the statement that its activities had crippled 50 per cent of Nigeria’s economic as of two weeks ago and was aiming at 100 per cent if demands were not met.