Vanguard (Lagos)

27 January 2013

Nigeria: Maku Advises MEND Not to Make Trouble Over Okah's Conviction

Abuja — The Minister of Information, Mr Lebaran Maku, said in Abuja on Sunday that it would be wrong for any group to foment trouble in Nigeria as a result of Henry Okah's conviction in South Africa.

A South African court convicted Okah for his involvement in the Oct.1, 2010 bombings in Abuja.

After the court's judgment, the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) threatened to attack South Africa and cause trouble in Nigeria.

Maku said it would be wrong for any group or individual to have anything against Nigeria as Henry Okah was tried and convicted in South Africa.

He appealed to Nigerians to be law abiding, in order to promote economic growth in the country.

The minister also stressed the need to sustain the peace in the Niger Delta, noting that the amnesty programme was on course.

"Anything you do against your country is not a plus.

We call on those making threats to commit themselves to the laws of the land to allow the peace that has reigned in this nation over the couple of years and the amnesty programme not to be breached.

"We call on our citizens to cooperate with the president to stabilise peace and, indeed, ensure you contribute to the development of the country," he said.

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