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Don’t toy with amnesty scheme, Niger Delta leaders urge Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari PHOTO: BAYO OMOBORIOWO

Some leaders of the Niger Delta yesterday advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to toy with the funding of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the interest of peace and security in the region.

Their advice was contained in a statement issued at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State yesterday. It was attended by monarchs and youth leaders from the region.

In the statement signed by Chief Mike Loyibo and Prof. Benjamin Okaba, the Niger Delta leaders contended that the peace being witnessed in the region was a result of the amnesty programme.


“We also want to use this medium to remind President Buhari to address our issues raised concerning the Niger Delta during our last meeting with him as only the one concerning maritime university has been addressed.

“President Buhari should also know that funding of the amnesty programme is the key towards sustaining the prevailing peace being witnessed in the region, hence this should be upheld.

“We also want the boys in the creeks to be patient with President Buhari by continuing to give peace a chance for the overall development of the region.”

The leaders also solicited support for the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, appealing to the people of the region to rally round him for the success of the scheme.

They commended Buhari for Dokubo’s appointment and cautioned against plotting his downfall, noting that Dokubo, since he assumed office, had taken satisfactory steps to better the lot of the people of the region.

“From the measures he (Dokubo) has embarked on so far, we believe he has the desire to advance the goals and objectives of the programme as well as taking it to the next level. So, we are solidly behind him and we hereby pass a vote of confidence on him,” the leaders said.

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