Monday, October 18, 2010


15th October, 2010



The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) allegedly issued another bomb threat yesterday, Friday 15th October, 2010. According to the militant group, another bomb would soon explode in Abuja. It however promised to issue a thirty minute warning before the explosion to allow evacuation.

We sympathize with the people of the Niger Delta and identify with their legitimate demands. Successive governments of this country have exploited the region to enrich an infinitesimally small group of capitalist comprador bourgeoisie. The reckless rape committed on the resources of the region coupled with acts of dehumanization, oppression and persecution of activists from the region resulted in the militarization of Niger Delta youths to the level that we are witnessing today.

Nonetheless, we condemn acts of violence aimed at nonmilitary targets. MEND should reappraise its attack strategies. Exploding bombs capable of endangering innocent civilians is totally unacceptable. Indiscriminate use of explosives is capable of robbing MEND of the moral support which it enjoys among members of the civil society as well as the generality of Nigerians as a whole.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) reaffirms its avowed stand against violence. It will only lead to the death of innocent people and the destruction of properties belonging to ordinary citizens. All but a few vehicles destroyed in the October 1 blasts belonged to ordinary citizens who may not be able to replace them for some time. Violence leads to a vicious cycle of further violence. It is an ill wind that blows no one any good.

We advise MEND leaders to sheath their sword so that the ongoing amnesty programme may take proper shape. We call on the Federal Government to expedite action on the Niger Delta question in the interest of peace, justice and progress. We assert that addressing the grudges of the Niger Delta people is the road to justice and fair play. Bold steps must be taken by government to show its seriousness. Those who want peace and security must not play with the future of people. Justice is the soul of peace.

Dr. Is-haq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

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