Just In: MEND praises President Buhari, to send Aaron Team for talks

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– MEND applauds President Buhari’s decision not to use force on Niger Delta militants

– The group advises militants to refrain from attacks on oil and gas installations

President Muhammadu Buhari and some militants

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has advised Niger Delta militant group to stop attacks on the oil and gas facilities as President Muhammadu Buhari will comprehensively address their grievances.

The group has commended President Buhari on his promise not to resort to the use of force to stop the militancy in the oil-rich region defining it as one of the terms and conditions of the current negotiations with agitators in the region.

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In a statement last night, the spokesman of the group, Jomo Gbomo, stated that the president vow to the US Secretary of State John Kerry was one of the critical and strategic concessions which MEND has so far, secured from the government.

The statement reads: “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.

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“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.”

President Buhari made the promise when he received the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, at the state house, Abuja on August 23, Tuesday.

Buhari said while militancy in the Niger Delta had impacted negatively on the economy and affected the positive intentions of international and local investors, government was showing restraint not to use real force, “except when constrained to do so”.

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