Coalitions of ex- agitators and stakeholders in the Niger Delta have applauded the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on amnesty matters, Professor Charles Dokubo, for his commitment to peace building in the Niger Delta.
The ex-agitators from the region who met at the weekend in Warri, Delta state, under the aegis of Niger Delta Peace Awareness Movement, said the meeting was called upon to assess the level of peace in the Niger Delta since the coming on board of the new amnesty boss.
The national leader of the movement, Alhaji Awo Harmony, who spoke to journalists at the end of the meeting said: “peace building is a continuum as such, we need to continuously assess the situation of things in the region and identify obstacles that constitute threats to peace.
“Before now, most of the ex-agitators were disgruntled because of the non-payment of their monthly stipends. We are happy that today we have an amnesty coordinator whose commitment to resolving the Niger Delta crisis is second to none. Within the short period that he has been in office, he has settled all outstanding allowances owed to ex-agitators.”
Spokesman for the Supreme Egbesu, Commander Kingsley Opukuri, on his part, commended Dokubo for yielding to their call for multi-lateral peace building approach.
He said: “Professor Charles Dokubo is a peace builder.Before his coming on board,there was tension in the region; as many youths had thought of returning to the creeks because of corruption and lack of transparency that bedevilled the amnesty scheme.”
Professor Dokubo has, within the past months, consulted with the different stakeholders in the region bringing everybody on board for peace.
“This has afforded many aggrieved youths the opportunity to express their grievances and proffer solutions to the lingering crisis in the Niger Delta. l am using this opportunity to call on the stakeholders in the Niger Delta struggle to come together and support the new amnesty boss,” Opukuri remarked.
According to Solomon Aloba, leader of the Front for Ijaw Survival and Hope (FISH), “We are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for his wisdom in appointing Professor Charles Dokubo as his Special Adviser on the Amnesty Programme.
“I can attest to the changes that have taken place in the creeks in the last few months. Professor Dokubo has been able to use his wealth of experience to contain the problems of pipeline vandalism and oil bunkering in the region. He has been working with the presidency for a new paradigm for peace in the Niger Delta.”
General Reuben Nanie of Agba Freedom Fighters also commended the new amnesty leadership for introducing human security as the new paradigm for peace building in the region.
Chief Onimim Batubo Quaker (Kalabari) Chairman of Ijaw Community, Abuja, in a telephone chart with our reporter, advised all Niger Deltans to come together and build a peaceful Niger Delta. “Our people must stop the Pull Him Down syndrome. We are lucky to have a conflict resolution expert at the helms of affairs. We need to support him to ensure that he delivers his mandate of securing sustainable peace in the Niger Delta.”he asserted.
The stakeholders also called on the President to complete the East-West Road as this will open the region to more investment opportunities.