Double barrel: MEND denies Biafra and Niger Delta Avengers in one statement

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The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has condemned and dissociated itself from the recent activities of the new militant group in the Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

This is as the group urged the international community to know that the Niger Delta region will not be part of a secessionist Biafran State, saying that it believes in one strong united Nigerian federation.

MEND, in a statement issued yesterday by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, said the sudden emergence of the new militant group has absolutely nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle but rather a tool by certain elements to destabilise the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The statement reads, “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to condemn and dissociate itself from the recent activities carried out by a group known as the Niger Delta Avengers.

“Their sudden emergence has absolutely nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle but rather a tool by certain elements to destabilise the current government. Going by their actions and subsequent statements, it has become very apparent on who the sponsors of these group are.

“MEND serves notice to the international community that the Niger Delta region shall not be part of a secessionist Biafran State. Rather, the group believes in one strong united Nigerian federation where the principles and ideals of resource control; true federalism; rule of law/respect for human rights; democracy; free enterprise and a vibrant civil society are well entrenched in the grundnorm and put to practice.”

While reiterating its resolve to continue to respect the unilateral ceasefire of hostilities it declared May 30, 2014 against key economic interests of the Nigerian State, MEND said the ceasfire was borne out of its belief  that as Buhari marks his first year in office, he deserves more time to stabilise the country.

The statement said the group remains opposed to what it described as “fraudulent and unsustainable” Presidential Amnesty Programme ( PAP), headed by Brigadier General Paul Boroh, adding that the programme still runs on the corrupt bureaucratic and operational template of the past administration.

The group said, “However, The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) remains vehemently opposed to the fraudulent and unsustainable Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

headed by Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd) which still runs on the corrupt bureaucratic and operational template of the past administration.

“We have always made it very clear that unless the root issues which gave birth to the agitations in the Niger Delta region are addressed, in the form of a sincere dialogue, this programme will only continue to remain a mere cesspool of corruption.”

It called on Buhari to release the Charles Okah and Henry Okah, who it said were arrested on trumped up charges in 2010, saying their release will create an enabling environment for dialogue on the Niger Delta question.

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