The major militant group in the Niger Delta region, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has launched a blistering attack on the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) accusing it of hypocrisy by issuing an ultimatum to the Federal Government.
During the formative stage of PANDEF, MEND had thrown its weight behind the leadership of Chief Edwin Clark to lead the talks on behalf of the Niger Delta people.
PANDEF leader, Chief Edwin Clark had issued an ultimatum to the Federal Government to address it 16-point agenda or forget about peace in the Niger Delta region.
MEND in a statement by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo accused PANDEF of lacking the moral justification to make demands on the Federal Government when Niger Delta leaders closed their eyes to the several missteps of Dr Goodluck Jonathan during its presidency.
It did also not spare Niger Delta activists and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) as they all comprised under the Jonathan Presidency and regaining their voices now.
According to Gbomo, PANDEF should be applauding the Federal Government for exposing the corruption under the Jonathan Presidency.
It also castigated the Niger Delta leaders for refusing to comment about the sham going on in the Federal Government amnesty programme which had neglected authentic militants and their loved ones.
The statement read in part “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) dissociates itself from the hypocritical Press Conference called on Monday, July 31st, 2017 in Abuja by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).
PANDEF, led by elder statesmen Chief Edwin Clark and His Royal Highness King Alfred Diette -Spiff. They lack the moral justification in giving an ultimatum to the Federal Government and making demands they never made from Goodluck Jonathan when he was at the helm for 6 wasted years.
Instead of listening to the so-called Niger Delta activists and the compromised Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) who have miraculously regained the voices they lost when Jonathan was President, and instead of issuing threats through fake internet-based militant groups, PANDEF ought to have used the forum and opportunity to commend the Federal Government for exposing the monumental looting of our commonwealth by some sons and daughters of the soil starting from the former President, his wife Patience, cousins, relatives and cronies and so many other traitors; down to the mind boggling theft by Dieziani Allison-Madueke, who empowered others while her people lived in squalor and abject poverty.
PANDEF is also pretending not to notice that the Amnesty Program is still operating on the corrupt template that still pays ghost militants after it hoodwinked the government into believing in the fraud. A program that has neglected the children of the dead freedom fighters and those in prison, for those that never made any sacrifice is cursed.
In view of our irreconcilable differences, MEND hereby recalls its representatives in PANDEF for consultation with immediate effect.”