Niger - The Movement for the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has stood by its allegation that former President Goodluck Jonathan is responsible for the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, Naij reports.
MEND have accused Jonathan of failing to act when necessary to eradicate the militant group who have continued to cause destruction in the Niger Delta region.
In a statement in response to Jonathan denying the allegations, MEND insisted that the former president was responsible for the formation of the group while exonerating President Muhammadu Buhari.
News24 Nigeria reported on Sunday, the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers published names of 20 alleged sponsors of the Niger Delta Avengers, the group it broke away from, including former and current governors of southern states.
Politicians long have been accused of backing the oil militants. Southerners are accused of trying to destabilize the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. They have accused politicians backing Buhari of sponsoring the militants as a ploy to militarize their region.
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- News 24