Buhari Woos Ex-Niger Delta Militants

  • Posted on: 10 January 2016
  • By: editor


By Daniel Abia,

Port Harcourt


The Federal Government has promised a fair deal to the Niger Delta ex-militants in the amnesty programme, saying that the present peace in the region must be sustained by all the stakeholders.

Government however denied knowledge that a major ex-militant leader was paid a huge amount of money by one of the governorship candidates to influence the re-run governorship election in

Bayelsa State.

The special adviser to the President on Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, Brig Gen Paul Boroh, said that the alleged information was baseless

and untrue.

The amnesty payment to ex-militants which was usually made through the

banks was paid directly to the ex-agitators with the reason that the bank refused paying them after their last attack in which the bank’s

facilities were allegedly damaged by some angry ex-militants.

Speaking with newsmen during the payment arrears of the amnesty benefit to the

ex-militants weekend in Port Harcourt, Paul Boroh said, “I am not aware that a major ex-militant leader was paid a huge amount of

money by a governorship candidate. What I do know is that this exercise became necessary when the banks refused to pay those captured

in the amnesty programme to make a very credible and tangiblearrangement. This exercise is just for this period, immediately after this period the

banking system will continue.”

According to him, “This exercise ill continue from the banks because there were some ambiguities. The bankers advised that they will not allow their

premises to be used that the ex-agitators damaged their bank

facilities. This exercise will allow for effective biometric verification and to ensure that their names tally with the biometric

numbers. This is to ensure credibility and sustainability”, Boroh said.

Boroh who said the amnesty programme had sustained peace enjoyed in the region, disclosed that there were plans to partner with other

stakeholders to keep the vision of amnesty moving.

“The Amnesty programme is to sustain the peace in Niger Delta. To sustain the peace which ex-agitators have been sustaining. Amnesty

programme is to ensure total peace, total security, training for the

ex agitators, empowerment for them, employment, then engagement and later reintegration to allow for development.

“I want to continue to sustain that peace in order to allow for NDDC, Niger Delta Ministry,

governors in the Niger Delta region to continue their work, the

ministry of Agriculture to continue their work in boosting Agric in

Niger Delta, all for development. We are in partnership with otherstakeholders and international body to achieve our vision.”

Also at the exercise, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, said that since the inception of the

amnesty payment, there has been peace in the region.

“We do not do bunker anymore. Bunker destroyedour ecology, our environment. We do not want oil theft or anything

that will make the government very angry because we do not want

government to question amnesty.”