The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has denied issuing threat on militant from the Niger Delta region who are opposed to the candidacy of the presidential flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC)n General Muhammadu Buhari, for the 2015 general election.
The group in a statement by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, described the statement published in Thisday Newspapers as a false and fabricated statement.
Gbomo said the said publication if one of such attempt aimed at discrediting the group since it’s endorsement of Buhari for president.
The full statement by the group reads.
he Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to dissociate itself from a recent publication in Thisdaynews on Friday, 16 January 2015 , titled: MEND Issues Ultimatum to Anti-Buhari Ex-Militants. This so-called “ultimatum and threat did not emanate from MEND and we wish to strongly advise the public and the media to disregard this false and fabricated statement.
Since our statement of endorsement of the All Progressive Congress ( APC ) Presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari, several attempts have been made to discredit our group and statements by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some paid agents of the government.
The “Ex-Generals” mentioned in the false and fabricated statement in the Thisdaynews publication is inconsequential to MEND, but it gives an insight into how a group of thugs are being used for political purposes hence the need for the Media and the general public to be aware.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) feels very disappointed that a credible Media outlet like Thisdaynews, failed to display professionalism by verifying the authenticity of a statement before publication.
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