Thursday, 30 December 2010

News Report: MEND Says Purported Christmas Message Originated From Nigerian Presidency

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has denied that a purported Christmas message originated from the group.

In an e-mail sent to chidi opara reports and some other news media, MEND said that “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) denies that the statement attached below originated from the group.

This fabrication purportedly from me, emanated from a Mr Tony Uranta known to be on the payroll of President Goodluck Jonathan.” The e-mail as usual was signed by the group’s spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo.

It would be noted that a Christmas message purportedly issued by MEND, was recently released. The message which also bore the name of MEND’s spokesperson said “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) hereby wish our many allies, the good people of the Niger Delta and of Nigeria Merry Christmas celebrations.

In the coming year, we will review our mode of operation. We have seen strong indications that the Federal Government of Nigeria headed by Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is serious with the Niger Delta Question. We support and embrace the President's order to the Military to rebuild Ayakoromor and halt any planned hostilities on civilian Niger Delta communities.

For these reasons, we will embrace a revamped Post-Amnesty initiative and work to make the Niger Delta a better place for all human beings.

I thank all those who have worked to get us to where we are”

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