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The Avengers Makes U-turn, Wants to be Part of Talks with FG


At last, the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), has decided to join other militant groups to hold talks with the Federal Government.
This is in view of resolving the lingering crisis in the Niger Delta region.
This disclosure was made in Abuja on Wednesday by the spokesman for the Dialogue Group, Ballantyne Agiri, in a statement.
Agiri said in the statement that the NDA had constituted a contact and dialogue group to engage the Federal Government in meaningful dialogue as part of the initiatives to resolve the crisis, adding the group was desirous of results that would give the region lasting peace, equity and justice.
The statement said: “The body has collectively and willingly agreed to heed the clarion call of eminent Nigerians and international community to dialogue with the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government should from the inception of the dialogue rule out from the agenda any monthly monetary inducement or stipend for the NDA.
“The Federal Government should be ready for structural changes that should be human and development-oriented.
“Members of the avengers’ group (who will participate in the dialogue) have already been selected, each based on his integrity, forthrightness, honesty and life track records.
“The names of members of the group for now shall not be made public for personal reasons until they begin functioning in few days ahead, the statement added.
The militant group had claimed responsibility for most of the bombings of oil and gas installations in the region in recent months, and had repeatedly said, it did not want to be part of any talk with the Federal Government, rather it demanded outright resource control for the region.

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