The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has debunked as untrue a news report that it had named Professor Wole Soyinka as one of its advisers in the planned dialogue with Nigeria’s federal government.
On the contrary, the terrorist group expressed its support for Chief Edwin Clark to lead the Pan Niger Delta Negotiation/Dialogue Team to discuss with the federal government.
Spokesperson of NDA, Mudoch Agbinibo said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Warri.
This clarification is coming two days after the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) had pledged its support and unalloyed loyalty to Clark on the struggle for dialogue.
The militant group noted that some names being paraded as factions of the NDA were the figment of persons bent on protecting their jobs.
”The NDA have unequivocally given our tacit support to the Clark Niger Delta Elders and Stakeholders’ Conference Committee to lead the Pan Niger Delta Negotiations/Dialogue Team whenever federal government show readiness.
”That NDA have named Prof Wole Soyinka and some incredible names to advise and lead any group is the Lie of The Century!
”We have not at anytime contacted these Nigerians at any time to advise or lead any contact with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari on the Niger Delta agitation,” he said.
The militant group further said that Prof. Soyinka has been taken for a ride because of his position on the restructuring of Nigeria and the need to listen to the Niger Delta agitators.