By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The leadership of the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) has named prominent leaders in the Niger Delta region as members of its team to dialogue with the Federal Government on the current crisis in the area.
This is coming just as MEND told members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) that their style of breaking pipelines and bombing oil installations is a crude form of agitation.
In a statement from MEND issued on Monday, obtained by BLACKFACE electronically MEND cautioned the Avengers saying their actions run foul of the region’s yearnings for growth and development.
Spokesman, Mr. Gbomo Jomo, therefore, asked the NDA to sheathe their swords and embrace the Federal Government’s proposal for dialogue.
Those listed include Henry Odein Ajumogobia SAN (Rivers); Bismark Rewane (Delta) Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa (Cross River); Timipa Jenkins Okponipere (Bayelsa); Ibanga Isine (Akwa Ibom); Ledum Mitee (Rivers) and Lawson Omokhodion (Edo State).
â€œIn the spirits of the proposed dialogue, Jomo said MEND had raised a seven-member panel for talks with the government and asked NDA to join the table of negotiation to discuss the region’s agitation.â€ The statement reads.
It added “With the benevolent benefit of hindsight, the group realised that, after the initial euphoria of each successful attack, the gargantuan problems which confront our region; including environmental pollution and political corruption, increased geometrically”.
Addressing NDA, he said: “If indeed your cause is to avenge the injustice done to the Niger Delta region; then, we urge you to ceasefire and join us to the table of negotiation with the Federal Government; otherwise, the Niger Delta struggle shall be hijacked, once again, by selfish interests for their own personal aggrandizement.
“One such example is the recent purported NDA demand made through the region’s governors that the Federal Government should drop charges of corruption against certain individuals and politicians from the region. This absurd and ridiculous demand, to say the least, is far removed from the Niger Delta struggle”.