The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to former militants opposed to its adoption of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to have a rethink or face the wrath of the movement.
The movement said the former militants should reject President Goodluck Jonathan and declare their support for Buhari or face the wrath of the movement.
In a statement on-line entitled: ‘Ultimatum to the Vultures Who Call Themselves Former Commanders/Militants’ and signed by Jomo Gbomo, MEND said it was reacting to the “empty musings by some of our hungry compatriots, who were incidentally a part of the struggle for the liberation of the Niger Delta, on the issue of our declaration of support for Buhari.”
The statement said: “We are aware that there are some bad eggs in our fold and these are people who are ready to eat today and sell their future because of the morsel of porridge they are getting from their benefactors. Among such people are Gen. Pastor Reuben Wilson and Gen. Paul Eris, alias Ogunboss who recently went to the media to disgrace themselves, claiming to be supporting the clueless and visionless Goodluck Jonathan on sentimental grounds.
“We are aware that they must have been paid by their ogas at the top to fight their family and we are not surprised; just that it is worrisome that they have chosen to die for a man who cannot do anything tangible for his state, or his people, or even those of them the freedom fighters who are now carrying his cross and staking their future and name for a cause that will not yield anything.
“It was even shocking that Gen. Pastor had to go all the way in Uyo to do a campaign for Jonathan who does not deserve any support. Whatever peanuts they are getting today should not be the reason for them to sell their conscience in the name of supporting the president against Buhari.
“No matter what Jonathan must have given them today, it cannot be compared to what the future has in stock for us, with Buhari. So, we have decided to stay on with Buhari because we know that with him, there will be a better Nigeria where corruption and insurgency will be a thing of the past.
“Our decision to support Buhari is total and final. That is what the likes of Gen Wilson and Gen Ogunboss should know. They can eat from Jonathan’s table for all we care. But they should also watch their back.
“They may not have realised the consequences of their action today. That is why we are giving them seven days to retrace their steps, reject Jonathan and come to where they are supposed to belong. As we get ready to launch Hurricane No Return, we are urging them repent and join the train for change. It will be in their best interest to stop their tirade and advise themselves properly; otherwise they will regret their actions.
“Our mission is change. It does not matter who will bring the change. If Buhari is the man that can come with the change that Nigerians need, so be it; he has our support. We will continue to support him. You will hear from us on this matter again, soon.”