The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to an exclusive interview conducted by the South-South Regional Editor of the Vanguard newspaper with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and published on July 11, 2016.

After an in-depth study and thorough analysis of the interview, MEND is glad to note that the NDA have finally, welcomed dialogue on the Niger Delta question as the only credible and sustainable solution to the festering Niger Delta question.

With this development, it has become more imperative for the entire Niger Delta region to unite and speak with a single voice under a single umbrella in the forthcoming dialogue on the Niger Delta question with the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari. The single umbrella is the MEND Aaron Team 2 peace initiative headed by Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, SAN.

Accordingly, after receiving firm assurances from the highest level of Government about its readiness to dialogue with the Aaron Team, MEND have decided to expand the representational capacity of the Aaron Team to accommodate the Niger Delta Avenger (NDA) upon the following terms and conditions, to wit:

A. That, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) shall publicly renounce all forms of hostility against Nigeria’s oil and gas industry by an unconditional ceasefire by virtue of the extant provisions of the Presidential Amnesty Proclamation of 2009, all Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) fighters and commanders who agree to ceasefire are automatically entitled to benefit from the Presidential Amnesty Programme after due diligence and documentation by the office of the National Security Adviser and the Presidential Amnesty office headed by Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd)

B. That, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) shall publicly declare full allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and recognise President Muhammadu Buhari as the country’s President and Commander-in- Chief

C. That, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) shall nominate one (1) delegate to represent the group and articulate their demands

D. That, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) shall make a public declaration to abide by the outcome of the proposed dialogue between the Federal Government and the Aaron Team

If the NDA abides by these terms and conditions within seven (7) days from July 15, 2016, MEND shall regard the group as a genuine partner in the Niger Delta struggle.

Jomo Gbomo

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