Without prejudice to the pre 2015 Presidential Election endorsement freely and
voluntarily given to President Muhammadu Buhari on January 6, 2015, the Movement for the Emancipation of the NigerDelta (MEND) hereby categorically and unequivocallypass a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE onthe government of President Buhari; specifically with regard to the Government’s handling of the currentNiger Delta crisis for thefollowing reasons:
a. That priorto and after his reluctant meeting with the traditional rulers, opinion leaders and stakeholders of the NigerDelta region, under the auspices ofPAN NIGER DELTA FORUM (PANDEF) on November 1, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari has been carrying onarrogantly and making controversial,prejudicial, conflicting and contradictory statements about the politics and economy of theoil-rich region.

b. That,since after he assumed the reins, President Muhammadu Buhari has always, for reasons best known to him, held theNiger Delta region in contempt;while accusing and/or blackmailing the leadership of the region of not being ready for dialogue whereas it isthe Federal Government who are notready or willing to name a Team to dialogue with the people.

c. That,prior to the inauguration of PANDEF, the several sessions of dialogue held between representatives of MEND, on theone hand; and those of the FederalGovernment, on the other hand; where concessions were secured for the release of the Okah Brothers andseveral other political detaineesand prisoners of conscience was a grand deception on the part of the Federal Government.

d. That,after the MEND/FG dialogue which was publicly confirmed by no less a person than President Buhari in his farewell remarksto Mr. Michael Zinner, theout-going German Ambassador to Nigeria, President Buhari reneged on the agreements reached at the dialogue.And following on the heels of thebreach of the agreements, President Buhari personally wrote and signed a damaging and prejudicialletter to the
Governmentof South Africa in an attempt to wilfully truncate the on-going peace process in Nigeria; sabotage the legaloptions open to Henry Okah andsimultaneously influence the on-going trial of Charles Okah & others, at the Federal High Court in Abuja,in favour of the FederalGovernment.

Based onthe foregoing premises, we hereby demand that President Muhammadu Buhari must put a stop to hiscunning, crafty and unstatesmanlike rhetoric about the Niger Deltaregion as they have only servedthe purpose of jeopardizing the fragile peace in the region; and consequently direct the relevant agency ofGovernment to
immediatelycommence dialogue with the Niger Delta region; as duly and
ablyrepresented by PANDEF.

Furthermore,notice is hereby given to the Federal Government that all Niger Delta Militant commanders and/or individualswho were tracked and arrested while observing aceasefire ahead of talks with theFG should be treated well. They should be allowed access to their lawyers, the International Red Cross and adelegation from PANDEF so as to ascertain theirwellbeing and ensure
they havenot been tortured or killed, extra judicially
Jomo Gbomo