The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has endorsed efforts by Ijaw National Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, to reconcile the Okah brothers (Henry and Charles) with former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The brothers have threatened to file a N5 billion libel suit against the former President at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
MEND’s endorsement was contained in a statement issued by the group. According to the statement, the group’s endorsement was sequel to the exploratory meeting on an amicable resolution held by Chief Clark with the former President in Abuja last week.
Clark, the statement disclosed, also invited and met separately with Mr. Timipa Okponipere, lawyer to the Okah brothers on 1 September in Abuja.
“The kernel of these meetings dwelt essentially on an out-of-court settlement of the N5 billion libel suit against the former President.
“The meetings also dwelt on efforts to find sustainable solutions to the current Niger Delta crisis,” said the statement.
MEND added that it is convinced that the proposed reconciliation between the Okah brothers and Jonathan is in the overall interest of the Niger Delta region, especially at a time when the region’s key actors must work together to attract peace and development.
“We therefore hope and believe that, in a few days’ time, Chief Edwin Clark shall formally summon a meeting of the former President and counsel to the Okah brothers to finalize and lay the issue(s) to rest,” MEND concluded.