By Emma Amaize, Perez Brisibe & Emem Idio
YENAGOA—Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, said, yesterday, that the supposed Federal Government banter with Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, which both claimed to be a dialogue with Niger Delta militants, was simply a monologue.
Avengers, in an exclusive online interview with Vanguard re-echoed that MEND did not represent militants in the region adding that those promoting it were All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains in the region, including a former governor and a group of ex-militant leaders with some Northern power brokers looking for relevance and appointment from the government.
Meanwhile, former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, also told Vanguard on phone that Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, never opined at a consultative meeting of Ijaw leaders, weekend, in Warri, Delta State, that any discussion with militants without the involvement of Niger Delta elders was a nullity.
“What Clark said is that the Federal Government should include Niger Delta elders and leaders in its dialogue with militants in order to achieve a meaningful result. I was there at the meeting, he said there should be dialogue but it should be done with the appropriate persons,” he said.
Also, Voice Delta, opposed to the violent agitation of NDA, said that MEND was constructively engaging government and slammed Chief Clark and his group for their alleged insistence that discussion with MEND was unacceptable.