The Ex-Militant leaders, under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI) and led by the Nine Coordinators representing leaders from the Nine (9) Niger Delta states, have condemned the pipeline bombings in Delta , Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States and described it as hindering any form of development in the area, the handling of the military investigations in the region and the amnesty implementation is commendable.
Ex-Militant Leaders from the Nine States of the Niger Delta region also commended the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Burutai over the proper handling of the ongoing Amnesty programme and the recent attacks on oil and gas pipelines by militant groups led by the Niger Delta Avengers.
While the ex-Militant leaders described the Amnesty office led by Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh as working according to its mandate with the recent partnered Bio-Resource Center training in Odi,Bayelsa of over 100 Ex- Agitators on Agriculture. They described the Military actions under Lt. Gen Tukur Burutai as gallant with fair piloting of the affairs of the military and this is evident in the way and, manner they have dissipated the Boko Haram group in the north. And also in the way the military is handling the issues in the Niger Delta region.
The Ex-Militant leaders in a statement issued in Yenagoa and signed by the National President, Ex. Gen. Reuben Wilson (a.k.a Pastor Reuben) and the National Secetary, Nature Kieghe,stated that “The entire leaders under the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI) with its 9 Coordinators representing leaders from the Nine (9) Niger Delta states are strongly in support of him. This is because in such a little time he has piloted the affairs of the Program without fear or favour. And we believe that given the right atmosphere and time he will direct the program to the benefit of all and for the achievement of the development and lasting peace in the Niger delta region.”
“Just recently, the amnesty program, under the leadership of Paul Boroh, has partnered with the Bio-Resource Center in Odi, to train 100 Ex- Agitators on Agriculture. This is indeed a step in the right direction with the new trend of diversification of the economy.We are therefore appealing to all those greedy and selfish politicians to please hands-off that office and allow Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh to continue with the good and selfless work he is doing as Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Program.”
“Furthermore we will like to commend the President of the Federal republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for extending the Amnesty program. And we are also appealing that the date be extended to 2019 to give enough time for the beneficiaries of the program studying abroad to conclude their various educational programs.
This will also make time for those who are yet to undergo their various skill acquisition trainings to commence and conclude before the expiration of the program.We are also pleading with His Excellency, to extend an olive branch to some of our brothers who are still in the creeks and are willing to embrace the program”.
“We wish to use this medium to condemn the pipeline bombings in Delta and Bayelsa State. We advise all concerned to stop such dastardly act as it will only bring the region back to its dark days and ultimately hinder any form of development in the area. We call on all our Niger Delta brothers and sisters to be more patient with THE President as he needs more time to carry out his positive developments for the region. Like we all know, this can only be achieved in an environment of peace”. “We are still pleading with the Presidency to still take a critical look into the issues of late salary payments of monthly stipends to the amnesty beneficiaries. The delay of these payments is working against the peace we are preaching because these boys tend to go into criminality in order to make end meet due to lack of payments.Finally it is also very important here to commend the efforts of our military, under the leadership of the Lt. Gen. Tukur Burutai. I must say he has gallantly piloted the affairs of the military and this is evident in the way and, manner they have dissipated the Boko Haram group in the north. And also in the way the military is handling the issues in the Niger Delta region.”