Former members of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of making a mockery of his Change agenda for Nigeria under his slow pace administration.
They appealed to the President to wake up from his current slumber by formulating policies to address the numerous security and economic challenges facing the country.
The ex-agitators also pleaded with Buhari to pay their stipends under the Presidential Amnesty Programme to engender peace and security in the region.
In a communiqué issued after a meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital at the weekend, where they reviewed activities of the administration of President Buhari, the ex-militants deliberated on the new wave of attacks in the North, the economy and the unpaid stipends and allowances to Amnesty beneficiaries.
Mr. Reuben Clifford, President of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, who signed the statement, condemn the fresh attacks in Plateau, Kano, Kaduna and Borno states where scores of people were killed by the Boko Haram sect.
The statement read: “We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to have a rethink on the dismantling of checkpoints across hotbeds of northern parts of Nigeria with the aim of quelling the horrendous act being perpetrated by the evil butchers, known as Boko Haram.
“That we are dismayed by the slow pace of this present administration in tackling the economic challenges by constituting a formidable team made up of technocrats to run the affairs of the nation. This is because the President’s slow attitude is making mockery of the ‘change’ slogan he and his party canvassed for during electioneering.
“We also commend Mr. President on the recent bailout to the states owing workers’ salaries. We are asking that the President should extend the same gesture to the Amnesty beneficiaries at home and abroad in the universities.
“The Amnesty beneficiaries are being threatened by community police abroad since they could not pay for their house rents or school fees.
“That we urge President Muhammadu Buhari to give directives to someone to sign for the disbursement of fund at the Amnesty Office because we have reliable information that over N5billion is in its coffers left by Kingsley Kuku to offset allowances of Amnesty beneficiaries before Nigerians start bearing bad names abroad.
“As it is now, the situation is getting worse and if nothing is done soon, it could snowball into a full scale crisis. Please, His Excellency, save us from this excruciating agony,” Clifford said.

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