By Olaolu Oladipo, LagosÂ
A militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has lauded the Federal Government’s decision not to dialogue with the members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).Â This is coming just as MEND has stated that it had begun preliminary talks with the Federal Government, to ensure peace in the Niger Delta of the country.Â
In an online statement through its Spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, MEND revealed that preliminary talks with the Federal Government were through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies, which it noted was revealed by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 21, 2016.
MEND said: “These preliminary talks are the precursor to a wider dialogue between the Federal Government and the MEND Aaron 2 peace initiative, which will seek to find solutions to the short, medium and long-term future of the Niger Delta region.Â
“The Federal Government made it clear during our meetings that a negotiation with criminals is out of the question.Â
“The Niger Delta Avengers and Internet-based ‘militant’ groups such as Joint Revolutionary Council and Ultimate Warriors – Ijaw opportunistic tribal assemblies – that were compromised to keep silent during the six years of Goodluck Jonathan’s misrule and neglect; pirates; pipeline vandals; oil thieves; commercial kidnappers; waterway robbers; political thugs and miscreants all fall under this category.”Â
The militant group (MEND) had earlier released the final list of members of its Aaron Team 2 for dialogue, peace and development initiative that would find sustainable solutions to the Niger Delta crisis.