Activist Tony Uranta is dead

Tony Uranta

Executive secretary of the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) Tony Uranta is dead.

Mr. Uranta died on Wednesday after a protracted illness.

“Our ranks have been depleted again!” assistant secretary (information and public relations) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Denja Yaqub wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon.

“A good friend and great patriot of inestimable essence, Comrade Tony Uranta has gone home.

“Soft-spoken, great mobiliser, highly committed pro-democracy activist, passionate advocate of good governance he was.

“This is very painful and a great loss.

“May his soul rest well in eternal peace.

“May God provide his family all they require to cope with his eternal absence,” Mr. Yaqub added.

A renowned human and environment rights activist, Uranta was also executive secretary of the Nigerian National Summit Group (NNSG) and member of the pan-Nigerian movement Pro-National Conference (PRONACO) under the leadership of the late Anthony Enahoro and Prof Wole Soyinka.

He was also a member of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).