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Niger Delta Militants Ex-Minister, Ajumogobia distances self from planned dialogue

Ajumogobia also said he does not know or represent the militants in any capacity.

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A former minister of foreign affairs, Odein Ajumogobia has denied that he accepted to represent the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) in the planned dialogue with the Federal Government.

Ajumogobia also said he does not know or represent the militants in any capacity.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Monday, June 13, 2016, announced that  Ajumogobia will be leading a seven-man team to dialogue with the Federal Government.

The ex minister in a statement, said he actually received a call from someone claiming to represent MEND.

The statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to widespread reports in the media claiming that I have agreed to participate in negotiations with the Federal Government over the issue of attacks against oil installations in the Niger Delta on behalf of some of the alleged perpetrators of these actions or connected persons.

“This is not so. I wish to make it absolutely clear that I do not know the alleged perpetrators nor have I offered to serve as their representative in prospective discussions with the Federal Government in any capacity whatsoever.

“I was recently contacted by someone who claimed to represent the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). In that conversation the caller asked if I would be willing to participate in an initiative to find ways to end the attacks on oil installations through dialogue towards restoring peace and stability in the region.

“My brief response was that if the Federal Government was genuinely interested in entering into discussions with credible parties who could help to facilitate such a dialogue to halt the actions that were undermining the social and economic stability of the region and the nation, I would readily participate. In such an event, I would seek to articulate the proper interests of all law abiding Nigerians generally and the ordinary people of the Niger Delta States, in particular.

“I am not affiliated to or the official or legal representative of any particular group and I am certainly not an advocate of the unstated demands or actions of any insurgent organisations.”

Henry Odein Ajumogobia  was also the minister of state for petroleum between 2007 and 2009 during Late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua’s administration.

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