Nigeria: Disarmament - Militants Name Soyinka, Akhigbe, Others Mediators

Lagos/Abuja — Wole Soyinka was on Tuesday named by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) among those to negotiate with Abuja on disarmament, bringing credibility to the process, as well as hope of a lasting peace in the Deep South.

Others in the 'Aaron Team,' as the MEND puts it, are Mike Akhigbe, Luke Kakadu Aprezi, and Sabella Ogbobode Abidde, as well as Annkio Briggs who will liaise on its behalf with these personalities who have volunteered to ensure a just resolution of the Niger Delta question.

Statement of Jomo Ghomo of MEND on Aaron Team

Statement by Jomo Ghomo on Aaron Team

"...I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."
Exodus 3: 9-10

Some eminent Nigerians have graciously accepted to dialogue on behalf of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) with the Federal Government of Nigeria whenever the government realizes the need to adopt serious, meaningful dialogue as a means to halting the violent agitation in the Niger Delta.

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Nigerian delta militant group names mediation team

LAGOS (Reuters) - The main militant group in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta on Tuesday named a team of mediators to negotiate with the government over disarmament but said the amnesty process "lacked integrity".

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) named a team including Nobel Prize-winning writer Wole Soyinka and two retired senior military officials who it said had volunteered to act as mediators on its behalf.

Nigeria: No Mercy for Militants After October 4 - Federal Government

Lagos/Warri/Asaba — Seven days to the deadline for militants to drop their arms and accept amnesty, Abuja at the weekend warned that none would be treated with mercy after October 4.

Defence Minister and Amnesty Panel Chairman, Godwin Abbe, has reportedly foreclosed extending the deadline, as requested by some militant leaders.

A source in Aso Rock said unrepentant militants would be treated like criminals once the amnesty expires.