Niger Delta Avengers ‘We have no business with Wole Soyinka,’ Militant group says

Earlier reports had it that Professor Soyinka would head a negotiation team in a bid to achieve peace in the volatile Niger Delta region.

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Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has denied reports that it is in talks with Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka to lead ceasefire negotiations with the Federal Government.

Earlier reports had it that Professor Soyinka would head a negotiation team in a bid to achieve peace in the volatile Niger Delta region.

Soyinka also confirmed that he had been contacted by some militant groups and urged the FG to take their agitation seriously.

The NDA made the denial via a statement released by spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

The statement reads:

“The NDA cannot be teleguided by Charles Okah and Henry Okah from their respective prison cells using disorganised characters of the APC from the Niger Delta to impress Abuja.

“We are not unaware of the creations of the Nigerian intelligentsia community and security apparatus to sustain the Niger Delta struggle to bloat their pocket and credibility.

“We are amazed that Prof. Wole Soyinka has been taken on the jugular by enemies  of the Niger Delta because of  his belief that the government of the day should understand the need to restructure the country and listen to the Niger Delta agitation positively.

“That, we, the NDA, have named Prof Soyinka and some incredible names to advise and lead any group, is the lie of the century.  The handwriting is so clear that our Nobel Laureate’s name is going the infamous way, as he is being named as an adviser with some unscrupulous characters as  NDA dialogue team with the government of Nigeria.

“Putting the records straight, the name/names parading as factions of the Niger Delta Avengers are just the figments of the imaginations of some persons protecting their jobs and hell bent on derailing the wheel of progress in the history of Nigeria and the Niger Delta agitation.”

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The group also rejected former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, who was named as a proposed negotiator, and said that it would be ready to negotiate when the FG is ready.

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