The Co-ordinator of the Niger Delta People Volunteer Front (NDPVF), Mr Asu Simeon Mbi, popularly known as General Simba, has told the Nigerian military to stop tagging them as criminals and economic saboteurs.
General Simba said that using derogatory words to describe them was provocative.
Speaking yesterday on the heels of the Defense Headquarters’ vow to sustain the military onslaught in the Niger Delta and purge the region of “criminals and economic saboteurs”, the militant leader also vowed that they would sustain their agitations.
The militant leader, who claimed to be speaking for other militant groups in his region, said Niger Delta militants were not criminals, describing themselves as freedom fighters, fighting the Federal Government’s unjust leadership.
He said:”We are freedom fighters and not criminals and nobody, no authority should call us criminals or economic saboteurs. We are fighting a just cause and no amount of threat from any quarters would dampen our spirit.
“The Niger Delta struggle is a collective one, and there is no way we can be subdued. There is no going back and everybody should sustain the struggle.
“We are still very strong in this fight. We are up and doing and will not bow to any threat by the military. We have long been totally neglected and enough is enough”.