Ita-Giwa will negotiate with militants on these terms

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, a former Presidential Adviser has said she would only agree to take part in the Federal Government’s negotiation for peace with the Niger Delta militants only if credible Nigerians are involved.

Ita-Giwa revealed this following reports that she had assented to join the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta for peace talks with the government.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Ita-Giwa said she would only be a part of negotiations that would bring lasting peace to the Niger Delta and not destruction.

She also added that the negotiations must include the resettlement of the people of Bakassi who have been abandoned following the ceding of the oil-rich island to Cameroon

“Recently, my attention has been drawn to a widespread report in the national dailies that I have agreed to serve in dialogue team with the Federal Government.”

“I was, however, contacted by a representative of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta asking if I will be part of an initiative to find ways to end the ongoing attacks through dialogue towards restoring peace in the region.”

“In my response, I said that I will consider serving if the Federal Government is willing to engage in discussions with credible Nigerians that have genuine interest and sympathy for the people of the region.”

“Again, I said I will serve in order to put in place a lasting solution to the hostility and thereby bring succour to the people of the region. I shall also be willing to be part of the dialogue for the benefit of the people of the region and by extension, the numerous displaced Bakassi indigenes neglected over the years.”

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