PANDEF Mourns Rights Activist, Tony Uranta

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  • Says Nigeria has lost advocate for peace, unity

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has expressed deep sadness over the demise of Rights Activist, Tony Uranta.
The Forum, in a release issued on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon Ken Robinson, said with Urata’s death, PANDEF, South South geopolitical zone and indeed Nigeria, have lost another brave and dependable voice in the volitions for a just and egalitarian nation.
“Tony Uranta’s passing is a big loss for PANDEF, the Niger-Delta Region and Nigeria. He will be greatly missed and remembered for his intellectual strength, passion, genuine commitment and, more especially, for his life-long dedication to issues of the Niger-Delta Region, Human Rights and Justice”.
According to the group, Uranta was a strong advocate for peace, unity, social rights and sustainable development, a great mobilizer, he continuously rallied various persuasions to set people-centered agendas in the quests for a better Niger Delta and Nigeria.
The Forum further stated: “As a founding Member of PANDEF, Tony Uranta, in the Central Working Committee, worked assiduously, contributing to the drafting of the *“16-Point Demand”*, which embodies core and fundamental issues that cut across all segments of the Coastal States of the Niger Delta Region, which PANDEF presented to President Muhammadu Buhari on 1st November 2016, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“Tony was a tireless champion for human rights: a fervent and ingenious Compatriot, dogged and unflinching. He devoted his life to the service of humanity.
“Tony Uranta contributed many decades to furthering the patriotic ideals and purposes of the Niger Delta people and Nigerians, through his membership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, the United Niger-Delta Energy Development Security Strategy, UNDEDSS, and the Nigeria National Summit Group, among several other initiatives.
“Tony Uranta was also a great proponent of Restructuring Nigeria; he held that if Nigeria is to become a truly great Country, it must be premised on Justice, Equity and Fairness.
“He was well known throughout the Civil and Human Rights community, not just for his clever articulacy, but, also, for his human warmth. His efforts and selfless services earned him the respect and admiration of many across the Niger-Delta Region and the entire country”.