MEND has accused Burutai of making
provocative statements regarding the
restiveness in the Niger Delta region.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the
Niger Delta (MEND) has warned the chief of
army staff, Lt General Tukur Burutai, to
guard his utterances and stop making
political and inciting statements regarding
the restiveness in the Niger Delta region. The group in a statement on
Tuesday, July
26, by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo,
called on the army chief to stick to his
principal responsibility and refrain from
making provocative statement. It said: "MEND hereby makes it clear that
General Buratai's statement is insensitive,
provocative, unprofessional and prejudicial
to the fair outcome of the ongoing
preliminary talks regarding the Niger Delta
crisis between representatives of oil
companies and security agencies, on the
one hand; and the Movement for the
Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), on
the other hand.
"We, therefore, warn the Chief of Army Staff
to guard his utterances, refrain from making
political and inflammatory statements and
stick to his primary responsibility."
MEND appealed to the people of the Niger
Delta to remain patient with the
administration of President Muhammadu
Buhari, adding that it was working with
distinguished personalities to secure
sustainable concessions for the region from
the government. "MEND has already kick-started the
dialogue process with the ongoing
preliminary talks, the Aaron Team made up
of distinguished and accomplished
personalities from the region, are waiting on
the sidelines to conclude the dialogue
process." it said. The Avengers have claimed responsibility for
series of bombings of oil and gas pipelines in
the Niger Delta region and has insisted that
it will only negotiate with the federal
government if the international community is
MEND has however insisted that it is the
voice of the Niger Delta and has set up a
team to negotiate with the federal


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