Group denounces MEND’s endorsement of Buhari
The Nigerian Rebirth Initiative (NRI) has condemned the reported endorsement of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
The group, in a press statement signed by its Communications Director, Dr Segun Akinola, on Friday, said it is surprised that Buhari could be at peace with a group like MEND when he (Buhari) knew what the group stood for.
“Why should a man like Buhari, a former head of state and a retired General of the Nigerian Army, would be at ease with such a questionable endorsement by an illegitimate group of criminal insurgents, which took up arms against the government and people of Nigeria, the same country which Buhari aspires to govern?” the group queried.
According to the group, “The purported endorsement sends a horrible message to those courageous officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces who are fighting day and night to liberate the territory and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the satanic attacks of insurgents, especially Boko Haram members, that have laid siege to some villages in the northeast of the country.
“We are also, indeed, very shocked that the APC has not publicly rejected the purported endorsement of its candidate and, by implication, its platform by such rebel group.”
The NRI further stated that “the MEND ratification of General Buhari’s presidential ambition has put to rest any doubt about his long-suspected alliance with Boko Haram.
“This clearly explains the APC and General Buhari’s historic callous indifference to the evil activities of the extremist groups in Nigeria.’’