MEND visits Jonathan over Xmas Eve attack

MEND fighters

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has met with former President Goodluck Jonathan over the attack on his residence on Christmas Eve 24.

According to MEND’s spokesman, Jomo Gbomo in a statement, MEND emissaries met with Jonathan at his residence in Yenagoa.

He said MEND used the opportunity of the visit to call for dialogue to release two leaders of the group, Henry and Charles Okah.

Gbomo also disclosed through the statement that MEND and Jonathan agreed to work together for the peace in the Niger Delta region.

The statement read in part “At the solidarity visit, MEND sympathized with the former President and his family while emphasizing the futility of violence and terror as means of enthroning a better deal for the Niger Delta region, except as a last resort, and gave assurances that its unilateral ceasefire of May 30, 2015, still stands.

MEND reiterated the group’s irrevocable commitment to peace. Accordingly, MEND called on the Federal Government to initiate dialogue towards the release of the Okah brothers, Henry and Charles, as well as other individuals currently in prison and detention centers Nationwide.

Furthermore, MEND used the opportunity afforded by the solidarity visit to pledge to work together with former President Jonathan towards bringing sustainable peace and development to the Niger Delta.”

Gbomo quoted Jonathan for thanking MEND for the visit and commended the group for its continued respect for peace.

“He decried violence as a tool for negotiation and emphasized the paramount place of dialogue as the key to cross-cultural understanding and global peace and security.”