By Tim Tochukwu
For Biafra Choice Writers

Movement for the Niger Delta (MEND) has been behaving funny for some time now. The last time it made a statement, it was to threaten Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), the through warriors of freedom, and communities where they were camped.
This discredited group that messed up the people’s freedom fighting with criminality – kidnapping innocent people and robbing banks – had threatened the NDA then, but ignored by NDA which was focused on its business of bringing Nigerian economy to zero.
Then, many Biafrans considered them (MEND) as suffering from the effect of momentary madness either from weed or crack cocaine. The people hoped they would eventually come back to their senses after some time. But it appears they never did. Indeed, they appear to have gone mad again with their latest outing.
Few hours ago, they released a statement through Sahara Reporters (the Nigerian APC government mouthpiece) said it had negotiated with Nigerian government and secured grounds for Nnamdi Kanu’s released, among other things. Nnamdi Kanu is leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra and Biafra Television. The ground it secured was that Kanu should sign an undertaking that he would no longer talk about Biafra.
So what those drunken fools in MEND are saying is that all those innocent and unarmed civilians murdered by Buhari and his vandal military and police died in vain? MEND is telling us that Buhari’s case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague should be stopped. They are saying that all the businesses destroyed by Buhari, all those bombed with Nepal bomb, and all those tortured and killed in detention for exercising their rights, all died in vain.
One begins to wonder what the business of MEND in the whole matter is. The group claims to be in a ceasefire with Nigerian central government headed by Buhari. The group says it has no business with the structure of Nigeria. It says that its business is fighting for resource control. But that is not what NDA is fighting for.
From what we have seen, MEND should know that NDA is not in the illegal business of kidnaping innocent people, robbing banks and bombing crowds that it was in. MEND should know that NDA has come with a different philosophy which sits better with the people. That philosophy is that oil had become a curse to the people – destroying their farmlands (farming business) and the sea (their fishing business). It has made it impossible for the people to make a living.
Therefore, they decided to stop the oil exploitation so that the people will concentrate on the business that served them over the years. That is why they are pulling down every structure of oil exploration and exploitation. Why is that difficult for MEND to understand?
But this MEND had their day in the sun, but blew it by selfishly trying to warm their way back to the dubious and inconsistent Nigeria government. They should therefore be advised to stay away from this one. It becomes necessary that Jomo Gbomo and his MEND is advised to stop the use of ganja or crack cocaine before going into negotiations. MEND should be made to understand that if Henry Orkah is desperate to come out of prison, he should not do so with the fate of millions of Biafrans. They should be made to understand the difference between Orkah and Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB.
Kanu’s philosophy is that Nigeria is a prison for Biafrans. Nnamdi Kanu does not consider his coming out of Kuje prison, while Biafra is still in Nigeria, as freedom. For Kanu, it is “give me Biafra or death!” This is why MEND so-called negotiation is dead on arrival.

Another bigger advice for MEND is “stay out of what does not concern you. You cannot negotiate on behalf of someone that did not invite you. If you want to secure the release of your leader, Henry Orkah, find ways to do so. But quit trying to use another man’s business as a bargaining chip.
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