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Why FG Must Implement 2009 Amnesty Deal -Ex-Militants

Forum of Ex-Niger Delta Agitators have urged President
Muhammadu Buhari to implement the agreement signed in 2009 between the
government and Niger Delta agitators.

They said the truce between government and former agitators
was reached in the interest of the Niger Delta region and entire nation but the
delay in the implementation of the terms of agreement does not show goodwill on
the part of government.

The former militants, under the first phase of the Niger
Delta Amnesty Programme, in a meeting at Transcorp Hotel in Calabar, Cross
River State yesterday with the co-ordinator of the Presidential Amnesty
Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, said the agreement should be implemented
without any further delay.

National Vice President of the former agitators’ forum,
Chief Henry Dunudoudougha, otherwise known as Egbema, implored the Federal
Government to stop taking the former agitators for granted and ensure speedy
training and empowerment of all beneficiaries of the programme as contained in
the terms of agreement.

“We have been patient with the Federal Government since 2009
when the agreement was signed but we have reached our limit and therefore call
for the provision of leadership training to all camp leaders outside the shores
of this country without further delay. We have kept to our part of the
agreement and have resisted all temptations to return to the creeks. It is,
therefore, important for the government to also keep its part,” he said.

On his part, Opia Joshua reminded Prof. Dokubo and his team
that it was the proclamation of the amnesty programme by the late President
Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua in 2009 and the subsequent agreement with agitators that
improved the production output of oil from 750bpd to 2.7mbpd, which boosted the
economy of the country still being enjoyed up till date.

He alleged that civil servants and politicians were trying
to hijack the programme, which is sending a bad signal to the Niger Delta
amnesty beneficiaries and such moves should be addressed immediately to
forestall crisis.

Opia also urged the amnesty programme co-ordinator to
reconstitute the stakeholders department of the amnesty office to include camp
leaders and also appoint someone that will serve as a liaison between the
office and the leaders to provide for smooth flow of information.

Dokubo appreciated the former agitators for attending the
meeting and promised to continue working with them and look into their matter.

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