By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
A group, Association for Non Violence in the Niger Delta region has called on government and Nigerians to ignore any threat from Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND.
Describing the militant body as an anti progressive group with a clear mission to frustrate development in the Niger Delta region, president of the peace group, Mr. Kennedy West, said it was shocking that after a successful disarmament process in the region, some persons were still threatening peace in the region under the guise of MEND.
Kennedy who said he was taken aback with an alleged statement from MEND denouncing the appointment of Mr. Kingsley Kuku as Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta after all non former militant Commanders in the region had hailed the appointment wondered what the MEND group was really up to.
“In 2009, we did say that after disarmament, the world will be able to see the criminals, and by now it is crystal clear who they are. Getting down to task, what is the premise to the threat? Mr Kuku is an Ijaw breed from Ondo State, one of the pioneers, collegiate members and spokes person of the Ijaw Youth Council, a former member of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Secretary of the Former Presidential Niger Delta Peace Committee (set-up by Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua) and then a member of the Post Amnesty Committee.”
“Kingsley Kuku’s intellectual, invaluable and selfless contributions to advance the Niger Delta quests in the front burner of national and international discuss can not be over emphasized. When thousands of Ijaw Youths, both the former militants leaders and Non-Violent Crusader are celebrating and thanking Mr. President for the love and honor done to the Ijaw youths by appointing one of them as Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, this faceless MEND are kicking against it.
“However, it should be noted that MEND is not only an acronym for the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta but also the Movement for the Enslavement of Niger Delta,” he added.
Noting that the Warri bomb blasts was one of the actions of MEND to continue to enslave the region, the peace group queried why any sane person from the area would not support the Jonathan’s presidency.