MEND Accuse Buhari of Blackmailing The Niger Delta Region, Withdraws Support

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said on Sunday that it had withdrawn its support for President Muhammadu Buhari and passed a vote of no confidence on his administration.

MEND, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, suggested that its current position was based on President Buhari’s poor handling of the Niger Delta crisis.

The militant group lamented that after the MEND/FG dialogue which was publicly confirmed by the President in his farewell remarks to Mr. Michael Zinner, the out-going German Ambassador to Nigeria, Buhari reneged on the agreements reached at the dialogue.

It pointed that President Buhari wrote and signed “damaging and prejudicial letter to the Government of South Africa in an attempt to truncate the ongoing peace process in Nigerian, adding that such an action sabotaged the legal options open to Henry Okah, who is currently in South African prison.

It demanded that Niger Delta militant commanders arrested during the ceasefire declared ahead of talks with government should not be tortured or killed, but allowed access to their lawyers, and other relevant bodies.

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