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Information! The gathering trusts the president has sold out them after a meeting with the gathering in November, 2016
As per Vanguard, an announcement signed by Jomo Gbomo, the gathering’s representative, the president has not done what’s needed in its treatment of the problems facing the region.
“Without partiality to the pre-2015 Presidential decision support unreservedly and deliberately given to President Muhammadu Buhari on January 6, 2015, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) therefore completely and unequivocally pass a vote of no certainty on the administration of President Buhari; particularly concerning the administration’s treatment of the present Niger Delta emergency.
“We thus request that President Muhammadu Buhari must put a stop to his craftiness, cunning and un-statesman talk about the Niger Delta region as they have just effectively jeopardized the delicate peace in the area,” the announcement read to some extent, while likewise asking the president to “direct the important office of government to quickly start dialogue with the Niger Delta region; as appropriately and capably spoke to by PANDEF.”
The announcement sounded more notices to the president, saying: “Besides, notice is thus given to the Federal Government that all Niger Delta militants officers and/or people, who were followed and captured while observing a truce ahead of discussion with the federal government, ought to be treated with respect.
“They ought to be permitted access to their legal advisors, the International Red Cross and delegation from PANDEF to ensure that their health is looked after learn and guarantee they have not been tormented or executed, extra judicially.”
On why it chose to turn its back against the president, the gathering noticed that they had thought he would dissuade and achieve a reasonable determination with them amid a meeting held in November, 2016, yet they were not content with the result.
“Before and after his hesitant meeting with the traditional rulers, opionion pioneers and stakeholders of the Niger Delta region, under the protection of PANDEF on November 1, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari has been carrying on pompously and making questionable, biased, clashing and conflicting articulations about the politics and economy of the oil-rich region.
Since after he became president,President Muhammadu Buhari has dependably, for reasons best known to him, held the Niger Delta region in hatred; while charging as well as coercing the authority of the rerion of not being prepared for dialogue though it is the Federal Government who are not prepared or willing to name a Team to discourse with the general population.
“Preceding the initiation of PANDEF, the few sessions of discourse held between delegates of MEND, from one perspective; and those of the Federal Government, then again; where concessions were secured for the freeing of the Okah siblings and a few other political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, was a stupendous misdirection with respect to the Federal Government.
“After the MEND/FG discourse, which was openly affirmed by no less a man than President Buhari in his goodbye comments to Mr. Michael Zinner, the out-going German Ambassador to Nigeria, President Buhari reneged on the understandings came to at the dialogue.
“What’s more, after on the heels of the break of the accord, President Buhari actually sent a harming and biased letter to the Government of South Africa trying to truncate the on-going peace process in Nigeria; disrupt the lawful alternatives open to Henry Okah and all the while influenced the on-going trial of Charles Okah and others, at the Federal High Court in Abuja, for the Federal Government,” MEND representative included.
In the interim, Mujahid Asari Dokubo, an ex-activist and pioneer of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, has asked Christians in southern Kaduna to guard themselves in the late killings in that area of the northern state.
The Punch reports that Asari Dokubo decided in an announcement by his representative Rex Anighoro in Abuja.