The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) says it is currently in talks with the Federal government. The group made this known in a statement it released yesterday July 24th, 2016. The statement in part reads;
â€œThe Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to confirm that indeed it has been in preliminary talks with the Federal Government through oil companies and law-enforcement agencies as revealed by President Buhari on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
These preliminary talks are the precursor to a wider dialogue between the Federal Government and the MEND Aaron 2 peace initiative which will seek to find solutions to the short, medium and long-term future of the Niger Delta region.â€ MEND in its statement said the government made it clear that it would not negotiate with criminals such as Niger Delta Avengers, internet-based â€˜militantâ€™ groups such as Joint Revolutionary Council, the Ultimate Warriors, pirates, pipeline vandals, oil thieves, commercial kidnappers, waterway robbers, political thugs amongst others.