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Stop Parading As Our Leader, New Militant Group Tells MEND

Niger Delta
Posted: Jul 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Reiterates Vow To Crumble Economy



The crack within the ranks of the new militant groups just emerging in the Niger Delta region with a mission to destroy the nation’s economy appears to be escalating by the day.

Last weekend, one of the new groups, the Ultimate Warriors of Niger Delta (UWNDA), on Saturday said it had nothing to lose if oil production is disrupted in Nigeria but must continue to destroy the oil installations until justice is achieved.

The Warriors in a statement said the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) should stop parading itself as the leader of the militant groups in the region.

It also described the alleged double speak of the Federal Government on dialogue with the people of the region as worrisome and inciting.

“We have said it before that we have nothing to lose on the bombing of oil pipelines because our mission is to ground the oil economy if our demands are not met. We have said we are doing what we are doing to prod the government to renegotiate the control of our oil resources and other related matters.

“We have watched with chagrin the recent utterances by the President (Muhammadu Buhari) and the Vice President (Yemi Osinbajo) and all we see in them are double standard and lips service to the demand of the groups as its concerns the Niger Delta question and that is why all of our units and affiliates have not fully heeded our ceasefire,” the group said.

Responding to the claim by the Ultimate Warriors group, MEND urged Niger Delta activists, militants and other agitators to be united in finding a solution to the region’s crisis.

MEND said this was necessary for the region to speak with one voice and channel grievances and demands to the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Dialogue and Contact Group.

It however expressed the need to speak through a single umbrella of the “Aaron Team 2 Dialogue and Peace Initiative” led by Odein Ajumogobia (SAN).

“All aggrieved minor militant groups, all those so-called Niger Delta activists, elders, tribal assemblies, sycophants and parasites amongst others, who have suddenly found their voice after six years of a criminal conspiracy of silence during the neglect and misrule of former President Goodluck Jonathan; and who are now clamouring for recognition, relevance and inclusion in the ongoing Niger Delta peace process should contact and channel their grievances and demands through the NDDCG, which will act as their representative.

“The subject matter of the discourse centered around the forthcoming dialogue with the Federal Government on the resolution of the current Niger Delta crisis and the imperative for the entire Niger Delta region to unite and speak with a single voice under the single umbrella of the MEND Aaron Team 2 dialogue and peace initiative led by Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, SAN,” the statement said.