Why we struck- MEND

THE SUN Newspaper- Femi Folaranmi

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has offered reasons why its fighters stormed and attacked the Atlas Cove Jetty in Lagos.

According to the group, the attack was to ensure that the Federal Government took it seriously and commenced negotiation with it.
MEND in a statement by Jomo Gbomo while saluting President Barak Obama for not visiting Nigeria gave a hint that it was not ready to lay down arms, insisting that it was not committed to anyone but the people of the Niger Delta.

MEND disclosed that it would adopt a two-pronged approach which included dialogue and intense attacks in its dealing with the Federal Government.

Gbomo said the group was putting up a crack team of negotiators which would include militant leader, Henry Okah and credible people from around the globe to pass on its demands to the Federal Government through Mr. Timi Alaibe.

The statement reads in part: “Led by a pillar of fire, heavily armed MEND fighters today, Sunday, July 12, 2009 at about 2230 Hrs carried out an unprecedented attack on the Atlas Cove Jetty in Lagos State. The depot and loading tankers moored at the facility are currently on fire.
“The two-pronged approach of combining dialogue and intensifying attacks throughout the course of negotiations, will be the unique characteristics of Moses.

“The Aaron team that will be put together after due consultations with stakeholders from around the globe, militant commanders and Henry Okah, will present the time framed demands of the Niger Delta region to the president through the Timi Alaibe-led Federal Government of Nigeria delegation.
“MEND will as usual update the public on the progress being made, as well as plagues being delivered. We want to assure our people and well wishers that we will not sell our birthright for a bowl of porridge because we are not committed to anyone but the people of the Niger Delta.”


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