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Amnesty programme: Be wary of Niger Delta’s enemies – Ex-agitators tell Buhari

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Some ex-Niger Delta agitators have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to be cautious of the antics of enemies of the area, who’re plotting to cease the Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio, from implementing his imaginative and prescient to actualise the mandates of the scheme.

Talking via the PAP’s Strategic Communication Committee (SCC), the ex-agitators described these behind the marketing campaign of calumny in opposition to Dikio as retailers of violence cashing in on the countless disaster within the Niger Delta.

They mentioned such people had been offended that Dikio’s visions, programmes and tasks would finish their disaster empire as they had been designed to entrench peace, sustainably empower ex-agitators and make sure the improvement of the area.

The Chairman of SCC, Nature Dumale, in a press release despatched to DAILY POST, on Wednesday after a gathering in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, mentioned since he assumed the amnesty workplace, Dikio had by no means wasted time, blaming his predecessors for operating down the programme.

As a substitute, he mentioned the amnesty boss rolled up his sleeves, formulated and carried out reforms to appropriate the ills of PAP and reposition it to actualize its mandate.

Dumale mentioned the ex-agitators had been joyful that Dikio returned the programme to its unique homeowners within the Niger Delta and selected the area to carry PAP conferences and different actions regardless of false claims by some individuals that the Niger Delta was not secure.

Dumale mentioned: “Prior to now, we noticed individuals take over the workplace however saved enjoying the blame recreation and ended up reaching nothing, however Dikio has repeatedly sought methods to appropriate the wrongs and convey peace to the Niger Delta.

“Every part he has carried out up to now is to reposition the Niger Delta for peace and improvement. He needs multinationals, which had left the area to return, do enterprise and make use of our individuals.

“The second factor we noticed is that he has returned the programme to its homeowners within the Niger Delta. Earlier than he got here, ex-agitators like me had been visiting Abuja for conferences. However instantly he got here, Dikio returned the programme to the area and insisted that every one actions of the amnesty programme should be held within the Niger Delta.

“The area is feeling the financial multiplier results of those engagements. The financial advantages trickle all the way down to all stakeholders and enterprise homeowners from motels, to meals distributors”.

Dumale mentioned the ex-agitators had been additionally excited that Dikio adopted the prepare, mentor and make use of mannequin to make them profitable entrepreneurs and fewer depending on the N65,000 month-to-month stipends.

He mentioned Dikio’s subsequent plan was to camp the ex-agitators, who had been nonetheless engaged in drug abuse, cultism and different adverse life, for a time frame for reorientation earlier than empowering them.

He appealed to President Buhari to deal with making Dikio the substantive coordinator of the programme, insisting that his method would completely restore peace within the Niger Delta.

He mentioned: “Nobody has addressed this programme on this magnitude, nobody has addressed this programme via this manner earlier than. Solely Dikio has include this imaginative and prescient. How can the enemies of the Niger Delta come to cease this sort of imaginative and prescient Dikio has put in place.

“We have now made up our thoughts to not hold quiet, to not fold our arms as a result of the presidential amnesty programme belongs to us. It’s our programme and we now have to defend and defend it.

“Enemies of the amnesty programme need our boys to return to the creeks as a result of lots of them is not going to survive besides if there’s a disaster within the area. They need the disaster to proceed. Their kids are abroad, finding out in the perfect universities however they need us to proceed to protest.

“We wish to let the Federal Authorities know that there are individuals on this Niger Delta area, who survive solely by instigating disaster and troubles. It’s their solely technique of livelihood. We can’t be distracted by them now that we now have discovered an answer to our issues”.

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