The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has claimed that Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is willing to renounce Biafra in exchange for his freedom. The claim was made in a statement signed by MEND’s spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo.
According to the statement, Kanu expressed willingness to end the separatist agitation in secret, but has continued to sound defiant in public in a bid to create and impression that he wants to be dissociated from some of the concessions so far secured by MEND in the ongoing talks aimed at resolving the current Niger Delta crisis between the Federal Government and MEND.
The group described Kanu’s agitation for the Biafra Republic as a business venture and scam, with the IPOB leader, directors, families and cronies as beneficiaries
MEND said it was shocked at the recent spate of inflammatory statements made by Kanu and brands such as hypocritical.
“The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (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, which 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 Federal Government and MEND.
“MEND hereby uses this opportunity to inform the entire world that, following the group’s ongoing negotiations with the Federal Government, Nnamdi Kanu has made it clear that he is willing to renounce Biafra in secret in exchange for his freedom.
“MEND and the Federal Government have however, flatly rejected the IPOB/Kanu hypocrisy to remain defiant in public; while accepting to secretly renounce secession,” the statement said.
On account of this, MEND urged followers of Kanu and the IPOB to make a public denunciation of Biafra, so that donors and followers harbouring the dream of a Biafra Republic that seeks an annexation of the Niger Delta region as part of its territory can embrace peace.
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