Trouble! MEND withdraws support for Buhari administration
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the defunct militant group, on Sunday withdrew its support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group alleged that the Buhari government was playing politics with the group.
It had early in the life of the administration given its unalloyed support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
But a spokesman of the defunct militant group, Jomo Gbomo, said in an electronic statement on New Year day passed a vote of no confidence on the federal government.
According to the former militant group, Buhari’s administration is playing politics with the issue of dialogue and development of the region.
MEND said since the time President Buhari met with the leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum under the headship of Chief Edwin Clark on November 1, 2016, some top government functionaries in Buhari's administration had been 'arrogantly' making controversial, prejudicial, conflicting and contradictory statements about the issue of finding lasting peace in the region.
Gbomo said, “Without prejudice to the pre-2015 Presidential election endorsement freely and voluntarily given to President Muhammadu Buhari on January 6, 2015, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) hereby categorically and unequivocally pass a 'vote of no confidence' on the government of President Buhari.
“That prior to and after his reluctant meeting with the traditional rulers, opinion leaders and stakeholders of the Niger Delta region, under the auspices of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) on November 1, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari has been carrying on arrogantly and making controversial, prejudicial, conflicting and contradictory statements about the politics and economy of the oil-rich region.”
He said that President Buhari has always, for reasons best known to him, held the Niger Delta region in contempt “while accusing and/or blackmailing the leadership of the region of not being ready for dialogue whereas it is the Federal Government who are not ready or willing to name a team to dialogue with the people.”
It further accused the government of failing to honour concessions reached before it agreed to announce a ceasefire with militants in the region including the release of the Okah brothers and several other political detainees and prisoners of conscience under a grand deception by the current government.