The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said President Muhammadu Buhari has the development of the Niger Delta at heart.
The group said this while commending the president on his pledge to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry not to use force to stop militancy in the Niger Delta.
MEND said this in a statement on Thursday by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, urging other militant groups in the region to cease attacks on oil installations.
MEND said the region’s demands will be adequately addressed by the president.
MEND said: “We therefore use this opportunity to sincerely and immensely thank President Buhari for respecting one of the terms and conditions of the ongoing dialogue. By virtue of the public pledge, the President has truly, shown the entire world that he is a statesman who means well for the Niger Delta region.
“Consequently, we also use this opportunity to urge all aggrieved militant groups in the region, including but not limited to the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) the Niger Delta Greenland and Justice Mandate (NDGJM) to remain calm and patient and, more importantly, refrain from attacks on oil installations; as their grievances shall be comprehensively and adequately addressed by the Buhari Administration.
“Regarding Chief Clark’s invitation, MEND is considering dispatching a member of the Aaron Team to meet him. The public shall be duly informed about the outcome of the meeting.”