Abuja – Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinke and former governor of Abia, Dr Orji Uzo Kalu, have been named, together with five others, to lead the negotiation talks between Niger Delta Avengers and the federal government.
The seven were nominated by a faction of the Niger Delta Avengers.
According to Punch, other members of the team are Professor Steve Odi-Owei, Etubom Dr Anthony Ani, Nalaguo Chris Alagoa, Chief Alice Mobolaji Osomo, and Inienimi Ballantyne Agiri, who has been acting as spokesperson for the group.
A statement signed by Agri said that Soyinka will serve as adviser to the committee.
A report by The Sun said that the Niger Delta Avengers split into factions over disagreement on the modalities to adopt in the negotiation with the Federal Government.
More than ten groups, including Adaka Boro Avengers, Niger Delta Warriors, and Reformed Niger Delta Militants have emerged since resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region due to what the militants called the insensitivity of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to the plight of the Niger Delta people.
Kalu said if President Muhammadu Buhari had agreed to dialogue with the Avengers, and he was required to be among those to negotiate with the Federal Government, he would willingly oblige, as he would be glad to be among those to bring about peace in the country, the report said.
- News24 Nigeria