Niger Delta Militants
The Niger Delta Ex-militants operating under the banner of The Forum of Ex-Niger Delta Agitators who are the pioneer beneficiaries of the first phase of the amnesty programme has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the agreement signed in 2009 by the federal government and the Niger Delta agitators.
According to the militants, the agreement signed between them and the federal government under the then-president Umaru Yar’Adua was endorsed in 2009 by the Nigerian government.
The National Vice-President of the forum, Chief Henry Bunudoudougha, made the call at a meeting in Calabar with the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo.
Mr Opia Joshua, spokesman of the group earlier on reminded Dokubo and his team that it was the proclamation of the Amnesty by the President Umaru Yara’dua in 2009 that increased crude oil output from 750bpd to 2.7mbpd to fund the economy.
Professor Charles Dokubo
According to him, “civil servants and politicians are trying to hijack the programme which sends a bad signal to the Niger Delta amnesty beneficiaries and this should be addressed holistically.”
The ex-militant group, therefore, calls on the federal government to retrace its step and advise itself accordingly, by going back to the agreement it entered with the ex-militants in 2009 and implement it fully without further delay if it is interested in maintaining peace in the Niger Delta.
The group through their spokesman Opia also called on Dokubo to reconstitute the stakeholders department of the amnesty office to include camp leaders and appoint someone that would serve as a link between the office and the leaders of the amnesty programme.