By Isaac Money–Yenagoa.
Third phase Presidential Amnesty beneficiaries warns, says there would be eruption of more agitations in the oil rich Niger Delta if the federal Government does not do the needful for them.
They also threatened to demand for their arms and ammunitions if the demobilization process is not concluded eleven years after.
The threat of the ex-war-Lords is coming on the heals of a Niger Delta region that have of recent witnessed some remarkable peace in oil bearing Communities in the creeks .
The peace being enjoyed by the oil bearing communities have also led to high oil production by government for some time now.
The ex-militants spoke when they interacted with members of the Correspondents Federated Chapel( FCC) of the Nigeria Union of journalistsNUJ ) in Yenagoa urged the amnesty office to document those that surrendered their arms and ammunition but are yet to be documented into the programme to ensure complete peace in the Niger Delta region.
Led by Mr Tonye Bobo, its National Chairman, the group also commended the interim administrator of the presidential amnesty programme, Col Milland Dixon Dikio for efforts at solving demands of the ex-agitators.
“I want to assure you, if the needful is not done, there will be more agitations, we are only trying to calm our people for us to change the narrative, we are seeking maximum support from the government to the office of the Interim Administrator of the Amnesty programme, all the funds that is required and is due to the office should be released.
“It’s unfortunate that we have stayed for 11 years plus and the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration is not completed,” they decried, stressing “we are just trying to calm our followers, but our patience should not be considered to be foolishness.
“We want the funding for amnesty programme to move down to first line charges, those that disarmed and are yet documented should be carried along, because all these days, they have been crying that if government is not reasoning with them, they will be demanding for their arms and ammunitions that they submitted to the government.
They adduced the visionary plans of the new interim administrator as reasons for putting on hold some of their proposed drastic plans .
“That is why when we saw the vision of Col. Dikio for amnesty programme, we decided to key in to restore peace in the region.
“We want to partner with the government and create a relationship that will be free of violence, so that people will know that what they are thinking about us is not what we are.
Earlier in his speech, the National Chairman, Mr Bobo appealed for the documentation of those that surrendered their arms and ammunition but are yet to be documented into the programme to ensure complete peace in the Niger Delta region.
While appealing to the Federal Government for more funding of the Amnesty office to enable the Interim Administrator carry out his functions without hitch , Bobo commended the administrator for his laudable efforts so far, and further demanded for the inclusion of members of the third phase beneficiaries of the programme in education and vocational training for its delegates.
“Some of our people have applied since 2012 for education scholarship, up till date, these things have not been met.”, Bobo lamented .
By Isaac Money–Yenagoa.