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MEND gives dialogue a chance

23 May 2013, 10:02Augustine Osayande

 Abuja - The militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) planned attacks on Boko Haram insurgents but has now said it is committed to dialogue to resolve ongoing challenges.

Group spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, said MEND would thus not be provoked into confrontation.

“In spite of several provocative and careless utterances by so-called South-South elders led by Chief Edwin K Clark testing our resolve, the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians, religious bodies and the Nigerian government’s recent show of sincerity with the order to release from detention women, children, relatives of suspected Boko Haram members has been taking into serious consideration and has given room for genuine dialogue," Gbomo daid.

The attacks, code-named “Operation Barbarossa,” were set to commence on May 31.

MEND have expressed grave concern over attacks initiated by dissident group, Boko Haram, which to date, has claimed more than 1 000 lives, with more than 100 000 civilians believed to be homeless.

- CAJ News


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