MEND Writes Jonathan, Seeks Release Of Henry Okah, Others
By Kelvin Ebiri
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has given conditions for the acceptance of President Goodluck Jonathan’s offer to aggrieved armed groups for dialogue and reconciliation if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace.
MEND, in an open letter to the President, said it received President Jonathan’s Democracy Day speech on Thursday, May 29, 2014, with cautious optimism.
MEND’s spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, said the group had been disappointed in the past with government’s insincerity.
According to him, instead of addressing the concerns of MEND and dialogue on the core issues that led the group to taking up arms, President Jonathan’s government had based on bad advice, jettisoned dialogue with MEND negotiation delegates — the Aaron Team in 2009— arrested and incarcerated perceived critics.
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