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Niger Delta Avengers dissociates from proposed dialogue with FG

The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA has dissociated itself from the proposed dialogue between the Federal Government and some prominent politicians and traditional rulers from the Niger Delta.

The militant group, which claimed responsibility for most of the bombings of oil and gas facilities in the region earlier in the year, said it has lost confidence in the process because the Federal Government failed to build a broad based dialogue group, but has rather chosen to deal with those it referred to as “vultures and dialogue contractors” in the region.

President MUHAMMADU BUHARI had, last week, invited the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PNDF, a group promoted by Chief EDWIN CLARK and some other Niger Delta leaders, to a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting, it was learnt, was meant to set the template for an acceptable dialogue with the stakeholders and representatives of militant groups.

The group had, in August, declared a ceasefire following appeals from various quarters that the agitation should be suspended to explore avenues to resolve the issues through dialogue.

But disenchanted by the long wait without commensurate action from government, the NDA issued a statement warning that there was danger ahead unless government retraced its steps.

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