Protest against amnesty boss: EX-militant leaders call for respite, say protest misplaced, selfish move

Ex-militant leaders from the nine states of the Niger Delta region have faulted the planned protest by some aggrieved beneficiaries of the amnesty programme against the coordinator, Professor Charles Dokubo, over alleged corrupt practices.

The Ex-militant leaders under the aegis of the Environmental Rights Advocates Organisation of Niger Delta, ERAOND, described the planned protest over unpaid stipends as uncalled for, misplaced, wicked and selfish.

In a message issued on Friday to journalists in Yenagoa and signed by the leaders of the group, Chief Reuben Wilson, Gen. Godgift Ayabowei, General Ezikiel Akpasibowei and Alex Watchman, the group called on those involved in the planned protest to have a change of heart and withdraw the plan against the amnesty office.

According to the statement: “It is unfair and unhealthy for us to be protesting against our own. We should learn to be our brothers’ keeper. We call on those involved to cancel the protest and not rubbish the good work of the amnesty office.

“The amnesty office under Prof Charles Dokubo has been attending promptly to payment of stipends. We have not seen what he has done wrong to deserve the plan embarrassment. He has shown that he has a listening ear to all that is affecting the amnesty beneficiaries.”

The Ex-militant leaders called on the aggrieved beneficiaries not to allow themselves to be used for politics within and outside the amnesty office, saying “the amnesty office has been showing love to beneficiaries and the planned protest is uncalled for. Our people should learn from our past mistakes.”

It would be recalled that a group known as coalition of Niger Delta militants had last week demanded the sacking of the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, over alleged corrupt practices.

The coalition vowed to commence a massive protest in Abuja and the Niger Delta region in order to force the removal of the amnesty boss and his alleged cohorts from office but ERAOND has urged them to bury their grievances and seek dialogue with the amnesty coordinator who is always available to champion a good cause for the aims and objectives of the programme.

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