The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), on Friday paid a solidarity visit to former President Goodluck Jonathan at his residence in Yenagoa in Bayelsa.
MEND in a statement by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo sympathized with the former President following an attack on his resident last year Decemeber.
It emphasised “the futility of violence and terror as means of enthroning a better deal for the Niger Delta region, except as a last resort”.
They reassured that its unilateral ceasefire of May 30, 2015 still stands and reiterated its irrevocable commitment to peace.
MEND called on the President Muhammadu Buhari government “to initiate dialogue towards the release of the Okah brothers, Henry and Charles, as well as other individuals currently in prison and detention centres nationwide”.
MEND further pledged to work together with former President Jonathan towards bringing sustainable calm and development to the Niger Delta.
Jonathan replied by thanking MEND for the visit and commending the community for their continued respect for the peace.
He decried violence as a tool for negotiation and emphasized the paramount place of dialogue as key to cross-cultural understanding and global peace and security.
Jonathan pledged to work with MEND and other critical stakeholders in pursuance of comprehensive peace in the Niger Delta.