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Ex-militant leaders from the Niger Delta under the first phase of the Presidential Amnesty programme have thrown their weight behind the leadership of Professor Charles Dokubo as the coordinator of the programme.
According to the ex-militant leaders, their decision to pass a vote of confidence in Dokubo was based on his new style of leadership that has injected a new life into the Amnesty programme.
The former militant leaders, made up of Ezekiel Akpasbowei, Henry Benedodoghe, Gravilla Egbela, Franklin Duduku, Igwu Emeka and Nico Sintei, Chief Omoh Tonwerighe and Andrew Voko, made this known after an enlarged meeting.
A statement made available to The Guardian after their meeting which was held at the Resident of ‘General’ Pastor Reuben, however called on him to reconsider the decision on the recall of scholarship beneficiaries under the programme back home in Nigeria.
It said, “the decision should be rescinded and the Amnesty should accommodate all students, because they are all from Niger Delta regardless of the suspicion on whether they were smuggled into the scheme.”
The ex-militants also want the coordinator to have a listening hear to the voices of leaders of militants on best way to handle issues of Amnesty programmes by showing care to the leaders especially on their welfare.
While vowing to give him their full support to excel in the set mandate of the programme, they urged him to intervene and prevail on the Niger Delta Development Commission and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to assist in the needed development of the region.
It reads further, “Our people in the region are law abiding people and have resolved to shun violence that are inimical to the growth of the region. And we urge politicians to desist from igniting the region and halt it’s economic activities.”