Ex-militant and Leader of Ifalibabou Revolutionary Movement, IRM, General Keithy Sese, aka Nomukeme, has urged his followers still in the creeks to drop their weapons and engage the Buhari administration through lawful channels.
In a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa, Sese stated that the Buhari administration is on course and that the group is convinced that his administration possess the requisite toughness to eradicate corruption and corrupt practices out of the nation.
“After a keen observation, the group is noting for the first time in the nation’s democratic experience that a government is disciplined and orderly. We are now experiencing a situation where government directives are being complied with swiftly.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption is commendable because we believe that he possesses the requisite toughness to eradicate corruption out of our system. Complete cleansing is what is urgently expected in this area.
“The president’s choice of service chiefs is equally commendable. His choice of Major-General Tukur Buratai, a soldier to the core as Chief of Army Staff is perfect. For the first time in the war against Boko Haram, we have an indigene leading the war from the Nigerian side against the Islamic insurgents,” Sese observed.
While extending a hand of fellowship to the Buhari administration, he appealed to the president to rewrite the wrong done to his group by the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan which excluded them from the amnesty deal.
He said he and over ninety percent of his group of about 3,000 members were shut out in the amnesty process by former Niger Delta militant leaders who were in charge of the programme
“Some of our disenchanted former members are the army of youths responsible for the occasional breakdown of law and order in many parts of the Niger Delta. We are pleading with the government to re-integrate all former members of this group who were shut out in the amnesty process including our leader, Sese.
‘‘In other words, the amnesty programme should be reviewed in favour of real fighters who are yet to be integrated. Government can do well by upgrading the programme from an avenue for the payment of monthly stipends and youth training to its original terms. Construction of a Niger Delta coastal road, for instance, was a major factor in the amnesty handout,” he stated.
The group also threw its weight behind the candidacy of Chief Timipre Sylva and his running mate for the December 5 governorship election in the state.

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