Strange Ceasefire

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"Strange Ceasefire"

This story out of Nigeria is getting around on the internet:

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has said it is considering a temporary cessation of hostilities in the oil-producing region based on an appeal by United States presidential hopeful, Senator Barack Obama.

MEND also said in an e-mail that its ceasefire was to enable the federal government to have a rethink over the way it has handled the matter concerning its leader, Mr. Henry Okah.[...]

“The MEND command is seriously considering a temporary ceasefire appeal by Senator Barack Obama. Obama is someone we respect and hold in high esteem. The period of halting attacks, we hope, when considered, will afford the Nigerian government the opportunity to address the issues with Henry Okah, including improving his living conditions and having access to a bible which he has requested for but was denied,” they said.

Fascinatingly, I checked with the Obama campaign and they don’t believe Obama actually made any such appeal. So someone’s making something up.

UPDATE: A somewhat different version of the story is on the Reuters wire.

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