HNDC VISIT MEND FOR PEACE TALK

 

As part of our extensive international campaign to see that an enduring peace returns to the Niger Delta, our Founder/President Comrade Sunny Ofehe led a team of three Americans and a Dutch to visit the camps of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) to appeal for PEACE!

It was a very risky mission that took us almost four hours by speedboat through the creeks. Dangerous because we were without government security cover and thank God we made it out of the camp safe and have all arrived at our various destination.

For the first time the commander of MEND spoke to us in an exclusive interview and agreed in principle to our peace plans under a platform of honesty and sincerity on the part of the Federal Government and Oil Multinational Companies.

We also interacted with Niger Delta stakeholders like Comrade Joseph Evah (Ijaw Monitory Group), Alhaji Asari Dokubo (Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force), Festus Keyamo (Human Rights Lawyer), Mr. Tony Oranta (Member, Niger Delta Technical Committee), Chief Wellington Okrika (CEO, DESOPADEC).

Consequently, HNDC have made the following recommendations.

We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to grant Henry Okah an immediate release or at the minimum a bail that will ensure an open free and fair trial. His deteriorating health lately has become a source of concern to watchers of events in the Niger Delta.

We implore the Federal Government to begin the implementation of the recommendations of the Niger Delta Technical Committee led by Mr. Ledum Mitee

We welcome the creation of the new Niger Delta Ministry and the appointment of Chief Ufot Ekaette and Elder Godsday Orubebe as Minister and Minister of State respectively but frowns at a meager budget of 40 billion naira allocated to this ministry. The Ministry is already under funded and we hereby appeal to the Federal Government to review the ministry’s budget to enhance effective delivery of the aim of the ministry.

We call on the Federal Government and all Oil Multinational companies still indebted to the Niger Delta Development Committee (NDDC) to pay up their debt to enable this intervention agency carry out their sustainable development and youth empowerment duties in the Niger Delta.

 

We condemn the recent arrest a member of the MEND group Mr. Sogboma Jackrich, popularly known as Egberipapa by the Joint Task Force while attending a Peace and Reconciliatory meeting in Buguma, River State. This kind of message sends a wrong signal that the government is vehemently against any peace process in the Niger Delta.

 

We are still consulting and reaching out to other stakeholders interested in the peace process and sustainable development of the Niger Delta. We will climax this process with a stakeholders’ peace conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

We want to use this opportunity to thank the Nigeria press for an unbiased coverage of activities in the Niger Delta and hope that you continue to do more to speak for the voiceless people of the region.

 

God bless us All.

 

Sign,

Comrade Sunny Ofehe

Founder/President

Hope for Niger Delta Campaign, HNDC

The Netherlands.