Background to below
6 October 2011
Transcript of Henry Okah
's Interview on Al Jazeera [October 2, 2010]
Henry Okah: On Saturday morning, just a day after the attack [October 20 2010], a very close associate of President Jonathan called me and explained to me that there had been a bombing in
and that President Jonathan wanted me to reach out to the group, Mend, and get them to retract the earlier statement they had issued claiming the attacks. Nigeria
They wanted to blame the attacks on northerners who are trying to fight against him [Jonathan] to come back as president and if this was done, I was not going to have any problems with the South African government. I declined to do this and few hours later I was arrested. It was based on their belief that I was going to do that that President Jonathan issued a statement claiming that MEND didn
't carry out the attack because they were expecting a kind of retraction from the group ....