On Thursday, scores of ex-militant leaders from the 9 States of the Niger Delta region gathered in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, to review the recent attacks on pipelines and oil installations in the area. The ex-militants warned the perpetrators of these acts to cease their activities and branded them as "enemies of progress".
The ex-militants, who spoke under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiatives (LPCDI), also warned against efforts to unseat the Chairman of the Amnesty Implementation Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh. The assembled leaders warned the politicians behind the attempt to remove Mr. Boroh would cause the practical development of the region to falter.
The ex-militants argued that the politicians had no right to threaten General Boroh’s positions and that such meddling would only serve to scuttle the development policies of President Muhammad Buhari.
According to the group, through its National Coordinator, Pastor Reuben Wilson also known as General Wilson, said the claims against the Amnesty office are not true and
they are sponsored by some persons from the region.
“Many of these politicians claimed that the Amnesty Chairman is living in opulence. The Amnesty office is not for them but for the ex-militant youths and leaders.
“We call on Nigerians and politicians of these programmes. Amnesty is a programme. It is the office of those that accepted amnesty,” Pastor Wilson said.
To stem the tide of the new wave of nefarious activities across the creeks and the waterways, Pastor Wilson also urged the Federal Government to offer amnesty to people who are still operating in the creeks.
“The Federal Government should be commended for its amnesty program. This will help us know the good from the bad. This program also showed youth that President Buhari has good intentions,” Pastor Wilson explained.