The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF says it is saddened by the passing of a Niger Delta Activist, Tony Uranta.
PANDEF in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary KEN ROBINSON noted that PANDEF, and the South-South Geopolitical Region, have lost another brave and dependable voice in the volitions for a just and egalitarian nation.
PANDEF described Tony Uranta as a strong advocate for peace, unity, social rights, and sustainable development.
The statement stated that TONY URANTA who is one of the founding members of PANDEF contributed to the drafting of the 16-Point Demand which PANDEF presented to President Muhammadu Buhari on 1st November 2016, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
PANDEF in the statement prayed to God to strengthen his family at their moment of grief.
The FULL STATEMENT
PANDEF Mourns Niger Delta Rights Activist, Tony Uranta*
The Leadership and entire Membership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, are heavily saddened by the passing of Mr. Tony Uranta. By his sad demise, PANDEF, and the South-South Geopolitical Region, indeed, all of Nigeria, have lost another brave and dependable voice in the volitions for a just and egalitarian nation.
Tony 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.
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.
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.
PANDEF mourns his passing with his family, relatives, friends, and compatriots. Our prayers are with his wife and children at this time.
May the Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest!
Hon. Ken Robinson
National Publicity Secretary
Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF