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Niger Delta Elders Express Support For Dokubo

Prof. Charles Dokubo visits Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark

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Key stakeholders in the Delta have warned against the ongoing avalanche of frivolous petitions against Professor Charles Dokubo, the new coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme may be counterproductive to the interest of the region as they constituted distractions to his efforts to give the programme a new lease of life.

Rising from their meeting recently in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the stakeholders under the aegis Niger Delta Leaders, Elders and Stakeholders Forum, NDLESF, in in a communique urged those they described as ‘detractors’ to allow Dokubo concentrate on the duties that have been placed on his shoulders.

They also said in the communiqué signed by a former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Francis Tabai and six others that the new Coordinator of Amnesty programme has the required competence to drive the initiative for the benefit of the Niger Delta region.

The Communiqué reads partly reads, “While we encourage the practice by which government officials, especially those saddled with the responsibility of managing our resources and the rehabilitation of our region are held accountable, we totally frown at petition-writing for mischievous goals and scoring cheap political points.

“We are convinced that these petitions and rumours against Prof Dokubo are based on unfounded and sentimental dissatisfaction of individuals primarily due to an unfavourable change in the status-quo and questionable business-as-usual attitude.

“It is apt to note that Prof Dokubo, who assumed the position as Senior Special Adviser to the President on the Presidential Amnesty Programme on March 13, 2018 had served creditably as Ag. Director of Research and Studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, member of the ECOWAS Technical Team to the 1997 elections in Liberia. He has also served on several inter-ministerial committees, and policy making processes on AFRICOM.”