The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has questioned the agitation and destructive activities of militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
The militant group has been at the forefront of attacks and destruction of oil and pipeline installations in the Niger Delta region.
However, MEND is not convinced with their cause. The group revealed that many of the NDA members are former MEND commanders who “jumped on the presidential amnesty gravy train without knowing why they took up arms.”
MEND further noted that the elite of the Niger Delta region were tacitly supporting the militants.
“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND notes with grave concern the recent renewed spate of unprovoked and persistent attacks on Nigeria’s oil installations by the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, many of whom were MEND’s commanders and fighters who jumped on the presidential amnesty gravy train without knowing why they took up arms in the first place.”
“What is more worrisome to us is the ungodly conspiracy of silence of the region’s elite and their tacit support of the NDA’s conduct under the pretext of a so-called ‘Niger Delta struggle’ which went to sleep in luxury hotel suites in Abuja and around the world for the entire duration of the six years of Mr. Jonathan’s binge and unmitigated disaster as President.”
“However, we hereby remind our communities, which harbour criminals such as members of the NDA that their communities are not protected by the extant principles of international and/or municipal law during a conflict.”
“It is in the light of this premise, but particularly because of the colossal failure of former President Goodluck Jonathan-an indigene of the region who was at the helm for six (6) years – to address the remediation of our environment, that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), for and on behalf of the good people of the region, sincerely and warmly commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his political will and sagacity in tackling the vexed issue of the clean-up of Ogoniland with the June 2, 2016 launch and implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), one of the cornerstones of our agitation over the years.”