The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) today called on all breakaway genuine militant groups to “unite and cripple the oil industry in Nigeria once and for all and stand strong to face a common enemy.”
The latest statement is an indication of the breakdown of negotiations between the Federal government and a faction of the militant groups in the Niger Delta.
In a statement sent to The Times of Nigeria and signed by Jomo Gbomo, MEND said, “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) supports and commends the position taken by the Ijaw Youth Leaders Forum as outlined in its communiqué dated December 14, 2007.”
The statement continued, “MEND has long suspected the insincerity of the Nigerian government, the military, and oil majors along with their collaborators, notably the likes of traitors such as Asari Dokubo and General O.Azazi who have sold their birth rights for a bowl of porridge.”
“The secret memo leaked from the office of the Chief of Defence Staff affirms the insincerity of the government to plan an attack while at the same time pretending to talk peace. This revelation makes it impossible for any disarmament to take place at this time.
“We call on all genuine militant groups to unite and cripple the oil industry in Nigeria once and for all and stand strong to face a common enemy. The time has come for all breakaway factions to come together and wage war of a different kind in 2008.” It concluded.