RIVERS State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has hailed the federal government over the implementation of the amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region. The party noted that the recent visit and direct dialogue with the Niger Delta people by Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo was the reason for the stable peace and security in the region and Rivers State in particular. Rivers APC chairman, Davis Ikanya made the declaration in Port Harcourt in an exclusive interview with Nigerian Pilot, urging the Buhariled federal government to fast-track implementation of agreements/ promises reached at such dialogues. He stated: “The dialogues/ meetings provided both current and ex-militants the opportunity to express their grievances and chart a new course for peace, progress development; both the federal government and the people struck a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU. Such an effort enthroned mutual trust between both parties “That was the first time a serving president or vice had to visit our people to interface with them directly, as to hear their agitation, know their challenges and proffer solutions to them. After all ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the son of Niger Delta region, was the vice president for two years and president of this country for a whole six years, but was unable to address the problems until the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari. Dr Jonathan could only visit Otueke, his home town,” Ikanya said. According to the chairman, timely implementation of the MoUs/promises would sustain the confidence the people had reposed in the leadership of the APC federal government. “The federal government should as a matter of necessity implement comprehensively the amnesty programme by releasing all funds set aside for it to build infrastructures, education and skill acquisitions. “I want to commend the then acting president, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo, and the APC-led federal government for making such a paradigm shift in leadership and in relationship between government and governed,” he added. Commenting on the similar amnesty at the state level, he described as a farce the Rivers State Amnesty Programme, alleging that all the people paraded on television and brandished weapons were fake and rented crowd, saying the weapons displayed were obsolete, old and disused. Ikanya observed that at least two of the so-called repented cultists were in their wanted list, but the governor went ahead to free them, thereby violating the orders of the court. “Governor Wike has no respect for the rule of law. He executes impunity as if Rivers is no more a state in Nigeria


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