In a strongly worded statement received by SaharaReporters, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) rebuffed the “so-called” Amnesty Committee headed by Kingsley Kuku, calling it “just another ploy to plunder the resources of the Niger Delta.”
“Kuku is absolutely clueless of the Niger Delta issues,” the group wrote in the statement signed by their leader Jomo Gbomo.
“We urge the government to do the right thing by probing this amnesty committee and not listening to a group of miscreants calling themselves ex-creek warlords. This group of miscreants are only fighting to protect the bribes they are currently enjoying from the Nigerian government.”
The MEND statement went on to link the amnesty effort developed over two weeks at government “post-amnesty camps” with outsiders, particularly Americans, who they called “international con artists”
“If it is that easy (to do in two weeks),” the group asked rhetorically, “why is the American prison system over-burdened with about 2.3 million in its jails?”
“The justice-seeking people of the Niger Delta have suffered long enough from decades of gas flaring and oil spillages which have only being tainted by bribes,” the MEND letter said, adding: “We are fighting to reclaim our stolen land and restore our environment destroyed by the activities of irresponsible western oil companies.”
“We re-iterate our lack of respect for President Goodluck Jonathan. Rather than addressing the root issues responsible for militancy in the Niger Delta, he is misleading gullible foreign investors and the oil companies operating in the Niger Delta in believing his presidency marks the end of militancy in the Niger Delta.”
The MEND letter singles out the British for special criticism, saying: “The British government continues to act as a political thug to the Nigerian government, settling scores for the government in power as was the case with DSP Alamieyeseigha and James Ibori.
“Virtually every government since independence has looted the national treasury and transferred such stolen funds to British banks. The British government should in the spirit of transparency bring all these individuals who include ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo and the wife of the serving president to book as the EFCC appears to have forgotten that Mrs Patience Jonathan was in the process of being charged with attempts to launder stolen money to the UK, the same offence former governor Ibori is charged with.
“The EFCC should make public the names of all those implicated in the Halliburton bribery scandal the very same way they were quick in listing the names of bank debtors in the national newspapers.”
SOURCE: SAHARA REPORTERS