No fewer than 4,135 former combatants of the Niger Delta struggle have served separate notices of their plans to renege on the terms of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Vanguard reports.
An alliance of key agitating groups in the Niger Delta, Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC), confirmed the development in a statement, last week, by Cynthia Whyte. It warned: “If this happens, the relative peace across the Niger Delta and the reported increase in daily barrels of oil produced in the region may come to an end.”
It said; “For the past two years, billions of naira have been spent on the Amnesty Programme with nothing to show for it. Not even fresh ideas.” The group cautioned that the PAP office should not be seen as a “Compensation Centre for military officers with shortchanged careers or used to compensate friends of failed and unpopular political leaders in the Niger Delta.”
“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to begin a series of strong engagements across the Niger Delta with a view to selecting and recruiting capable and tested, trusted hands, who will be acceptable to our people, useful to the Presidency and capable of making new friends for the President in the region,” it stated.
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