The Niger Delta Militant Group, Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, has been accused of planning assassination attempts on the Life of Former President Goodluck Ebeble Jonathan. This allegation is coming after earlier attempts on the former President's life in 2010 at Eagles Square, during the Independence Day celebration in Abuja.
The former President, through his Media Aide Ikechukwu Eze, yesterday denied any form of association and involvement with the Niger Delta Avengers Group. It will be recalled that a faction of the Niger Delta Avengers Group known as the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan is their patron, an accusation the former President termed as "too cheap and False".
According to him, the “violent and murderous underground” group led by one Henry Okah, which he said had not hidden its intention to destroy him and had made several attempts in the past to eliminate him had not achieved its aim because of God’s protection upon his life.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we are fully convinced that such an idiotic claim is too cheap a narrative, a facile contrivance so badly concocted that any discerning mind would easily see through its disingenuous and duplicitous nature.
“We, therefore, have no doubt in our mind that MEND, as a group contracted to go after Jonathan with the mind of assassinating him, is yet to abandon this criminal and ignominious craving.
“It is in this light that we view the purported statement issued by ‘Cynthia White’ as not only a sadistic continuation of this sick desire, but also a futile attempt to instigate the federal government to needlessly go after the former President.
“Those who have been following the unsavoury developments in some parts of the country since the last general elections, especially the ones that held in the South-south states, would have noticed that the nefarious MEND, their pay masters and other unscrupulous elements in the region, have been striving fruitlessly to exploit the ensuing confusion, by surreptitiously working for the fulfilment of its yet-to-be declared political agenda.
“It is our considered view that the statement in question is an off-shoot of that ignoble plan, this time plotting to rubbish and torpedo the ongoing peace efforts in the region,” the statement said.
“We are not under any illusion that more accusations and allegations of this nature would not be hurled Jonathan’s way in the future, especially as his enemies appear to have perfected the act of throwing mud each time his profile gains added impetus and acclaim,” it added