Delta - The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has urged the federal government to ignore the outcome of the meeting of the Niger Delta Coastal States, which held in Warri on Friday. The meeting was jointly convened by former Information Minister Edwin Clark and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Nation reports.
A statement issued by the group and signed by Mudoch Agbinigbo said MEND is in full support of the ongoing military action in the Niger Delta and categorically urged the federal government to ignore the communique released at the end of the meeting convoked by Clark and Okowa for a number of reasons.
The first, said MEND, was that the communique failed to categorically condemn the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). This, reasoned MEND, was because Clark is a major promoter of the NDA, as was recently claimed by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA).
MEND also contended that Clark lacks the moral authority to lead a discussion on the re-structuring of the country.
The Niger Delta Avengers had last week agreed to hold talks with the Federal Government to resolve the lingering crisis in the Niger Delta region according to News24.
The spokesman for the Dialogue Group, Ballantyne Agiri, said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
Agiri said that the NDA had constituted a contact and dialogue group to engage the Federal Government in meaningful dialogue as part of the initiatives to resolve the crisis.
He added that the group was determined to come out with results that would yield lasting peace, equity, justice and harmony among all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
- News 24