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Saturday, September 3, 2016

JUST IN: Niger Delta Avengers set to embrace dialogue

According to Vanguard, the Militant group has showed commitment and readiness to embrace dialogue after asking the federal government to withdraw all military actions in the Niger Delta region.

This was disclosed on Friday, September 2, by Elder Timi Ogoriba, one of the stakeholders of the amnesty programme and leader from the region, after an indoor stakeholders meeting held in the presidential amnesty office, Abuja.

The meeting was said to have been necessitated by the recent happenings in the Niger Delta region which had impacted negatively on the economy.

He said:
“I see an end to the militancy in the Niger Delta, definitely, there is nothing that starts that does not end. Right now, there is a ceasefire because of the interfacing by some of us with the people that are involved. 
“Government on its part has to show commitment by trying to put up a dialogue team, doing some of the things the young men had asked for, which I know they are very much aware of.”

Ogoriba said the timing of the military action in the region is not proper, saying if the military is still there at a time the Avengers have announced a ceasefire, it may appear provocative.

He said if the military action in the region is a routine thing, they should not carry out actions that might provoke others which could bring about a combat.

Ogoriba said dialogue will commence once the government puts up a team for the dialogue.
“The moment the government put up a team, within the next one or two days, the other side will also put up theirs, which we are trying to take care of. Dialoguing is a process. So long as it begins, and we are sincere in our approach, everybody will lay down his arm,” he said.
According to him, some of the demands of the Niger Delta agitators will be addressed within the confine of dialogue and at the end of the day they would reach an agreement.

For several months, militants have been attacking oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, vowing not stop till they cripple the economy.

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