22 August 2016
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has urged Federal Government to disregard the outcome of Friday’s Niger Delta Stakeholders’ Meeting in Warri.
This is contained in a statement issued by MEND’s spokesman, Jomo Gbomo and made available to newsmen in Warri, Delta.
The stakeholders’ meeting was convened by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark.
Gbomo said that the communiqué failed to categorically condemn the “criminal and treasonable activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
“This is principally because notable promoters of the meeting was named by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) as a major supporters of the NDA.’’
He said that Clark lacked the moral authority to lead a discussion on the so-called “restructuring’’ of the Nigerian Federation at this critical point in the country’s history.
“Consequently, MEND reiterates its full support for the ongoing military presence in the Niger Delta region,’’ Gbomo said.
The former militant group also said it was prepared to tour the region in order to solicit support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in an exercise code-named “Operation Moses’’.
“MEND shall continue to insist that so long as these elders and stakeholders do not categorically and publicly denounce the NDA, the Federal Government should also continue to ignore them,’’ he said.