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Senator-elect’s Call To Scrap Amnesty Programme Reckless –IYC

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 3:46 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma  – Yenagoa


The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) on Wednesday described as reckless the call by senator-elect from Kaduna State, Shehu Sani, for the scrapping of the Federal Government amnesty programme for ex-militants of the Niger Delta.

IYC stated that any such move to stop the amnesty programme would amount to another conspiracy against the people of the region.

The group was reacting to some newspaper reports credited to Sani on Tuesday to the effect that the amnesty programme had “become a drain on the nation’s resources.”

“It is not true as alleged by Shehu Sani that the amnesty programme is a continuous drain on the nation’s resources and only benefits a particular ethnic group,” IYC said in a statement signed by the spokesman, Eric Omare.

“The amnesty programme is an initiative of the Federal Government designed for ex-Niger Delta agitators who agreed to surrender their arms and were documented in 2009.

“The amnesty programme is not being sponsored with groundnut pyramid money from Shehu Sani’s Kaduna State or northern Nigeria but with oil money generated from the Niger Delta region.

“The programme involves different phases with the re-integration phase as the last phase. It is not the fault of the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme that the re-integration phase which involves training and provision of jobs has not been completed.

“It is on record that before the declaration of amnesty by President Shehu Yar’Adua, Nigeria’s daily oil production went as low as 700,000 barrels but as a result of the amnesty programme, Nigeria now produces more than 2.5 million barrels of oil with resultant massive increase in the nation’s revenue”, it said.

The apex Ijaw youth body advised the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, not to scrap the amnesty programme, stressing that those making such call “are only laying land mines to cause unnecessary distractions for his administration.”