1 October 2011
BY Emma Amaize, Warri
MILITANTS, under the aegis of Niger-Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, yesterday washed their hands off the plot by Movement for the Emanicpation of Niger-Delta, MEND, to ruin today’s 51st Independence anniversary celebration in Abuja with bomb explosions.
NDLF, in a statement, signed by its spokesman, “Captain” Mark Anthony, condemned the scheme, saying MEND had outlived its usefulness, as it was no longer representing the interest of the people of Niger-Delta.
The statement reads in part: “The leadership of Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) hereby categorically states that the purported threat of bomb blast on 1st October, 2011 to mar the 51st independence celebration from the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) does not represent the interest of the good people in the Niger Delta struggle and we, NDLF, a very strong organization, condemns the threat of the MEND- planned October 1 celebration bomb blast’.
‘We challenge MEND to withdraw from its planned action, if it has genuine interest for Niger Delta people. You cannot claim to be fighting for Niger Delta people and poor Nigerians and go about roasting the same poor people with bomb blast. This similar bomb blast, last year, that MEND claimed responsibility at
, remains a point of suspicion among key players of former MEND commanders”, it stated.
According to the group, “If for any reason, organization like MEND, which is the symbol of Niger Delta armed struggle detonates bomb on independene day celebration on the excuse that Nigeria not worthy of celebration with a Niger Delta man as President of the federation, then, it is clear blackmail on the current administration being sponsored by opponents of the administration’.