Niger Delta Avengers: MEND Rejects Edwin Clark as Mediator.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, on Sunday, slammed Ijaw National leader, Chief Edwin Clark, for his position on the restructuring and ongoing militancy, saying that the elder statesman lacks the moral authority to be championing for restructuring of the country.
MEND also alleged that Chief Clark and other leaders of the region kept quiet during the 6-year administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, on Sunday, the group called on the federal government to ignore the resolution reached at Friday’s Niger Delta stakeholders consultative meeting held at the PTI Conference Centre Effurun, Delta State.
The statement said among other things, that the leaders of the region failed to categorically condemn the criminal and treasonable activities of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) which has claimed responsibility for series of attacks on oil facilities in the region.
MEND while reiterating its support for the use of military against the militants in the region, said those who attended the meeting lack the capacity to persuade the people of the Niger Delta to support the current efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to bring peace and development to the region
“The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to a meeting of the Niger Delta Coastal States held in Warri, Delta State on Friday, August 19, 2016. The meeting was jointly convened by elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.