Niger Delta Avengers: Kalu, Soyinka, others to dialogue with FG

Dr. Orji Kalu
The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, have nominated former Governor of
Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, among others as members of its dialogue committee
with the federal government.
This was contained in a letter addressed to Kalu and signed by the
contact person for the East and Central Zones of the NDA , Ballatyne Agiri.

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According to Agiri, the nomination of Kalu is based on his
outspokenness, integrity and track records.
The letter reads, “As the contact person to the Niger Delta
Avengers, NDA, of
  Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and
splinters from other oil-producing states of the Niger Delta Region, I, Mr.
Ballantyne Agiri, wish to formally inform you that you have been considered
credible to be nominated a member of the dialogue team on behalf of the Niger
Delta Avengers of the aforementioned areas and the people of the region.
“Your choice as one of the seven-man dialogue team is based on
your integrity, outspokenness and life track records.
“Issues constituting the agenda for the dialogue with the Federal
Government shall be distributed to members on the floor of our inaugural
/conceptualization meeting coming up next week in Port Harcourt.
“Grateful Sir, as you accept to be part of the team to usher in
peace, justice and fair play to the Nigerian State”.
In response, Kalu, who had a few weeks ago charged the militia
group to sheathe their swords, added that for the sake of national well-being ,
it is important for all parties to thread with caution, noting that government
as an institution cannot be held to ransom.
He however, pleaded with the Federal Government to embrace
dialogue as a mechanism for conflict resolution, pointing out that in view of
the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria, agitations are bound to arise from
different quarters intermittently.
Others named as members of the dialogue group in a statement
signed by Agiri are Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Steve Odi-Owei, Dr. Anthony Ani,
Nalaguo Chris Alagoa and Chief (Mrs) Mobolaji Osomo.


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