A statement released by Jomo Gbomo, the spokesman for the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND) – an organization which has lost most of its relevance and has been regarded as “toothless” following the disbandment of its founding members by the Goodluck Jonathan administration – has alleged that the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, revoked his support for the agitation of the Republic Of Biafra in exchange for his freedom in secret.
Speaking today Monday 15 August 2016, Gbomo said:
“The attention of MEND has been drawn to the recent spate of hypocritical and provocative statements issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
“IPOB/Kanu statements purport to dissociate IPOB/Kanu from some of the concessions, which have so far been secured by MEND in the ongoing talks aimed at resolving the current Niger Delta crisis between the FG and MEND.
“MEND hereby uses this opportunity to inform the entire world that following the group’s ongoing negotiations with the FG, Nnamdi Kanu has made it clear that he is willing to renounce “Biafra” in secret; in exchange for his freedom.
“MEND and the FG have, however, flatly rejected the IPOB/Kanu hypocrisy to remain defiant in public; while accepting to secretly renounce secession. MEND, therefore, urges the already frustrated and desperate Kanu and IPOB to swallow their pride and make a public denunciation of ‘Biafra.”