Armed rebels from Nigeria’s oil-rich southern Niger Delta region have vowed to cripple the country’s economy if President Muhammadu Buhari is reelected.
The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) said in a statement on Thursday that it hoped to change Buhari’s rule through elections on Saturday.
Analysts say the threat should not be dismissed given the group’s pedigree.
“The threat may be very real, considering the fact that the group has carried out such acts in the past,” Amaechi Nwaokolo, a security analyst, told Al Jazeera.
“The government must ensure that the election is credible. That must not be manipulated,” he said.
The armed group said its preferred candidate is the main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar.