Former Niger Delta militant leaders under the aegis of Izon-Ibe Global Policy Network have asked the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to ignore calls by some Nigerians to scrap the Federal Government Amnesty Programme initiated by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua for ex-agitators in the region.
They however urged Buhari to audit the programme to strengthen it for better results.
Through their spokesman, Ayubalayefa Olu Dennis, the former militants in a statement they issued in Benin City, Edo State, said: “It is imperative that the peace being enjoyed in the Niger Delta is sustained for the economic prosperity of the country because the Amnesty Programme has doused tensions among youths in the region.”
Dennis said that it should be noted that the programme is also part of the struggle towards the actualisation of better life for the people.
He maintained that the call became necessary because the incoming Federal Government has promised to usher in a new lease of life for all Nigerians, irrespective of regional or political affiliation.
The group also appealed to Buhari to ensure that those who were not captured in the initial phase of the Amnesty scheme are given the opportunity to be enlisted.
Dennis, who said Buhari should be wise enough, stated that the clamour for the scrapping of the Amnesty could be due to the huge funds sunk into it by the government.

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