By Paul Carsten and Alexis Akwagyiram
A militant group in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern Niger Delta threatened on Thursday to cripple the economy if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected on Saturday.
The Niger Delta Avengers – who want their area to get a greater share of the oil revenue it produces – said they backed opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar and his promises to devolve more power to the regions.
The Niger Delta Avengers were behind a 2016 wave of violence, including attacks on pipelines and other facilities, that helped push Nigeria into recession.
The group, in a statement posted on its website, warned that if Buhari is re-elected there would be “a perpetual recession for Nigeria”.