Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled at the last minute a visit planned to the oil-producing Niger Delta, which has been hit by a wave of militant attacks. A Presidential source told SaharaReporters that President Buhari will be represented by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The visit was announced as the Niger Delta Avengers  (NDA) militant group issued a warning to oil firms in the southern region that their “facilities and personnel will bear the brunt of our fury,” according to a statement.

Buhari had already skipped a visit to the commercial capital Lagos in the south last month at the last minute. Posters with his picture had been already hung up to welcome the president before his spokesman cited “scheduling” difficulties, Reuters reported.

One of the militants has on June 1 warned the life of President Buhari is in danger if he visits the Niger Delta region. Nigerians in their reactions to the cancelled trip supposed that President Buhari is afraid to face the militants.