THE Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has commended the decision of President Muhammad Buhari not to use military action to resolve the Niger Delta crisis.
MEND said it was a commendable act, describing it as one of the terms and conditions of the ongoing dialogue with agitators in the region.
By the same token, MEND urged aggrieved militant groups in the zone to recipocate by remaining calm and refrain from further attacking oil facilities.
The group said there was light at the end of the tunnel as their grievances will be comprehensively and adequately addressed by the Buhari’s administration.
In a statement by MEND spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, said the visit of the United States of America Secretary of State John Kerry to Nigeria was laudable, stating that President Buhari’s pledge to the Secretary of State not to use force against militancy was one of the critical and strategic concessions which MEND has so far secured from the Federal Government in the ongoing preliminary talks to find sustainable solutions to the current Niger Delta crisis.
MEND commended President Buhari for his pledge.
MEND said in the statement: “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,” it added.