The ex-militant leaders described the calls by Shehu Sani, an activist and senator-elect from Kaduna Sate and some politicians for the scrapping of the amnesty programme by the incoming administration of the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as “It is sheer wickedness and ignorance that will make anybody call for the scrapping of the programme. It was established by Late President Alhaji Musa Yar’ Adua as a bargain to secure stability and peace in the Niger Delta.
Former militant leaders from the nine states of the Niger Delta region and the umbrella body of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) has explained the reason why they are against the calls for the scrapping of the amnesty programme of the federal government, insisting that the scrapping of the programme may instigate violence and fall in the oil revenue of the country.
The IYC, in a statement issued by the publicity secretary, Comrade Eric Omare, said the calls for the scrapping of the amnesty programme is reckless, provocative and another conspiracy against the Niger-Delta people, saying the stoppage of the programme may lead to unimaginable crises.
He said, “The amnesty programme is for all Niger Delta ex-freedom fighters, and currently has several thousands of Niger Deltan youths undergoing academic studies and skill acquisition programmes abroad. If it is scrapped, how will they complete their studies and skill acquisition programmes? What will be the fate of those waiting their turn to undergo such skill acquisition programmes and studies?