Ijaw Study Group, ISG, a socio-political organisation for the promotion of the interest of the Ijaw nation, has come down heavily on the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, for disrupting the Vanguard Newspapers-organised post-amnesty conference on the Niger Delta with an explosion.
In a statement by its convener, Prince Jeff Peretomodu, the group berated the militant group for targeting a vital conference organised by Vanguard Newspapers which is â€œat the vanguard of the promotion of the interest of the Niger Delta and aspirations of its people.
â€œThe recommendations of the conference no doubt, would have gone a long way to streamline and indeed, advance the post-amnesty programme of the Federal Government and also project the people of the Delta as peace-loving and abhorrent of violent struggle which certain circumstances forced them to adopt in the past,â€ the group stated.
The ISG flayed the motive of the bomb attack as conveyed in a statement by MEND, saying the fact that Delta State Government assisted in the organisation aside from being the host state â€œdoes not warrant the bomb attack as other state governments in the Niger Delta also supported the post-amnesty conference viewed as a positive step towards the resolution of the historic challenge of development facing the region.â€
The group also described the bomb attack as unnecessary distraction to the initiative of a media institution like the Vanguard Newspapers, pleading that the Nigerian media, especially Vanguard Newspapers which has been sympathetic and cooperative of the cause of the Niger Delta, should not be forced to turn their attention against the genuineÂ struggles of the peoples of the Niger Delta.