Ex-militant leaders from the nine Niger Delta states yesterday sent a letter to President Muhammad Buhari over delay to pay allowances and tuition fees to beneficiaries of the amnesty deal within and outside the country.
Frontline ex-militia leaders in Bayelsa said series of complaints and prayers had been sent to the president over the deplorable condition and disgraceful plight of amnesty beneficiaries in Europe, America and South Africa without response.
According to him, the reports available showed that the delay in payment was throwing up security issues and dangerous disenchantment among the ex-militant youths.
According to the letter sent to the president with copies made available to newsmen in Yenagoa, the ex-militant leaders said the alert sent to the president was to draw his attention to the issues in the region and the urgent need to address the issues within the presidential amnesty office.
His words, “Worst of their situation is the unpredictability of when their nightmare will end while hunger and deprivation has put them in a very bad state of mind.
“Your Excellency, you will recall that this programme had within the last few years brought relative stability to our region and by extension this country. This we owe to late President ‎Yaradua who in his wisdom proclaimed amnesty for ex-agitators and drew a plan of action towards ensuing lasting peace in the region through various training programmes.
“Thus with the acceptance and commencement of the programme, our production of oil drastically increased from a paltry 900000 barrel a day to over 2000000 barrels a day while issues of kidnapping and pipeline destruction became minimal. This upsurge brought increase in our national income.
“As parts of the programme, some of the ex-agitators have been successfully trained in various skills; others are still engaged in trainings while others in formal education are in higher institutions of learning in Europe, Nigeria and West Africa. It’s a truism that certain political appointments are tied to the elected tenure of the president, hence with the exit of President Goodluck Jonathan, the appointment of the erstwhile chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme came to an end.”

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