Boyloaf Explains Why MEND Is Now Supporting GEJ

Boyloaf Explains Why MEND Is Now Supporting GEJ

A former Deputy commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Ebikabowei Victor-Ben, popularly known as Commander Boyloaf has explained why the militants decided to reverse their decision not to support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28, 2015 presidential election.

Boyloaf according to Leadership Newspaper said that though the decision to change strategy from the call for war to the diplomatic discussions to convince other ethnic Nationalities on the need to re-elect President Jonathan is not a show of weakness, the action by the ex-militant leaders was to ensure peace and increase the votes for President Jonathan.

Boayloaf, who made this known in Yenagoa during a courtesy call on him by ex-militant leaders under the Presidential Amnesty Phase 2 led by General Aso Tambo, said the ex-militant leaders while changing their stand on Jonathan considered the fact that it is easy to destroy but a difficult task to build.

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The former MEND commander said, “Our position was not a threat but rather an appeal to other regions of the country to see reasons why they should support the re-election of Jonathan, reiterating that anything other than that will be resisted. We call on the Niger-Deltan people to stand up against the impunity and oppression of the region by desperate political leaders in the Northern part of the country.”

Meanwhile, imprisoned leader of MEND, Henry Okah, has fiercely blasted President Goodluck Jonathan calling him timid and saying his actions as president are cowardly.


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