Insecurity: Ex-militant leaders give FG seven-day ultimatum


…Fault amnesty process

From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt

The repentant Niger Delta warlords have faulted the amnesty process, alleging that it has been hijacked by people who did not mean well for the region. The ex-militant leaders also gave seven days ultimatum to the Federal Government to restore security in the country.

In a communique issued yesterday evening and signed by some persons including Commander Bestman Probel, the ex-militants speaking under the aegis of Niger Delta in Partnership with Social Restoration Foundation (SOREF), said they were not happy at the turn of events. “We hereby issue this communiqué to buttress our points that the whole amnesty process has been skewed.

We have been brainstorming on the way forward and came up with the following conclusion: “Amnesty process has been hijacked by persons who do not mean well for the youths of the Delta.

This is because most of the people who are being trained and empowered by the present amnesty committee have nothing to do with the struggle that culminated in the blanket amnesty issued by late president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2009, at least 80 percent were not part.”

They alleged that, “the members of the committee bring in relatives and friends and people they owe favour short-changing the real fighters. We hereby condemn this action and call for an independent investigation to confirm this.

“The few genuine fighters that have been trained have not been properly re-integrated into the society as they are training and not to be able to put food on their table or secure them gainful employment.

This portends grave consequences as the people have no other means of livelihood even as NDDC has vehemently refused to listen to the boys except some few leaders. We condemn this in totality because the Niger Delta belongs to us all and not just few persons.

“The foremost lieutenants in the struggle have not been trained or benefitted from the process so far. All attempts to secure such training have been futile in form of insensitivity on the part of the people handling the amnesty process.

“The committee only trained people to become artisans and low income earners. If you wish to go for a degree programme or masters, you wait without success even after fulfilling all requirements and passing necessary exams.

The question now is, do these committee members really mean well for the people of the Niger Delta? Do we remain poorly informed and poorly educated for the rest of our lives even after having this opportunity? “We therefore call on the Federal Government to take a critical look into the processes leading to such trainings to verify our claims and nip in the bud these evil practices going on in the amnesty office in Abuja.

“The process has been so mismanaged to the point that even the monthly stipend meant for the boys is being shared by most leaders and their accomplices in the amnesty office. They have their allowances being shortchanged by the same system that was meant to empower them. We have uncovered the syndicate whose specialty is to slash the monthly stipend of the ex-agitators.

We hope that our findings be properly investigated and punitive measures meted. “Lastly and most importantly, we wish to sternly warn all ethnic militias threatening the peace of the nation, especially the Boko Boys that ours was not an ethnic agenda and that all ethnic nationalities have the constitutional rights to rule this country.

“We hereby issue an ultimatum of seven days to the Federal Government of Nigeria to look into these issues raised to forestall the breakdown of law and order and sustain the peace, tranquility and the ambient business environment enjoyed in the Delta today.

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  3. @london boy..I have been following your comments for some time reason like a kid and should not comment on national issues..
    You are always tribalistic, seeking that Nigeria be divided. Have you considered the possibilities and the consequences of that, even to Ndigbo..Nigeria can never be a better place if everybody reason like you, pointing accusing fingers on other tribes..
    Try and work on your reasoning, and if possible stop commenting on National issues.

    • But, the guy is entitled to his opinion. You are free to disagree with him. But this name-calling is childish and unneccessary. And, it seems peculiar to nigerians. OMG!

    • @dadi, London boy is probably cleaning toilet for a living in London, he has the right to right whatever he likes.
      In the winter, in the rain, in the high wind he has to be there. I will be bitter to see the level of corruption in Nigeria going through that.
      But Biafra is unrealistic, they won’t get it, not as long as I am on their case.
      Not with MASSOB and Bianca Ojukwu’s handbag, Uwazuruike.

  4. Mr London boy, I have been following your comments for some time now and i can confidently say that you write in this way to confuse and hide your identify. I know that you command English language.
    Maybe na oga at the top himself.

  5. Nigeria is now a vintage hobesean society.Any fool can easiy carry arms,wreak havoc on the people,get amnesty and then start issuing ultimatum to the govt.What a country !

  6. My Fellow Nigerians, let our comments be how to bring Peace in our Father Land, called Nigeria. If Nigeria is divided, all of us are loosers. As we write there are Igbos and Hausas or Yoruba and Hausas or Yoruba and Igbos that see one another as brothers and sisters.

    What are these talk about divide, hausa, igbo, yoruba.

    Yes, Boko Haram originated from the North but can any one tell me the percentage of the North in support of their activities. The Notherners have been killed, the southerners have been killed. One educated Northner who has privilage to speak to the press cannot be speaking for the North. i still doubt if the present Boko haram members are from Nigeria.

    What the governement should do is to reduce umemployment rate by all means. Is religion responsible for kidnap, is religion responsible for OPC and MASSOB. We should ask ourselves why the up surge of these groups. They are just a creation of politicians.

    Lets us think twice before we make comments. When we make negative comments about other tribes, we are creating room for more people to join, OPC, MASSOB, Bokoharam, Egbesu etc.

  7. The problem Ndigbo face at the moment is not Nigeria being divided or not, we have to tackle the immediate problem of robbery and kidnapping. That way we know who is an activist or criminal.. You don’t get your right through terror. if Nigeria divdes, how would the Igbo’s deal with problems from these militants from other groups in the east who are oil reach.we love 9ja and Igbo’s are blessed.. IGBO KWENU!

    • With what you have written, If anyone knocks your door between 9 and 10pm please don’t answer. It could be MASSOB.

  8. @dadi r whatever u call urself,shut ur smelling toilet of a mouth up.nigeria is a mistake in the first place and shouldn’t have existed,the best option for things to move forward is seperation,so dnt say that @london boy was talking like a child,south Korea wouldn’t have been where they are today if they have remained with north Korea,again watch out how southern Sudan will progress in a short period of time from now,animals and humans don’t bed together.let’s go our separate ways for peac to reign,the Hausa fulani’s dont have value for human lives.fullstop

    • francis cole on

      @ Chidi thanks you very much and I do agree with you. To me I think thats, the only way out. Mallam can never ever stop their evil ways against the south. They beleived that, they were born to rule the country. All we need now is national conference.

  9. “Ye bariba, somebody go go” The beginning of the end or perhaps the end of the beginning.
    Oh! why did we change our old national anthem?
    ‘Nigeria we hail thee’.

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