Ijaw youths commend Buhari for appointing Brigadier General Boroh
Ijaw youths commend Buhari
for appointing Brigadier General Boroh
President of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Mr. Udengs Eradiri, through a short message service (SMS) last night, commended the Federal Government and urged the new coordinator to hit the ground running. “Ijaw Youth Council commend President Buhari for appointing Rtd Brigadier General P.T Boroh as coordinator of the Amnesty Programme; urges him to hit the ground running and pledges to work with him for the smooth running of the programme,” Eradiri said.
The Guardian had on Friday carried an exclusive report of how thousands of ex-militants were thrown out of their accommodation and training programmes in foreign institutions after the Federal Government failed to appoint a coordinator, a signatory, who would authorise expenditure from a N10 billion Amnesty fund reportedly left in its coffers.
Stakeholders in the Niger Delta — including the President of the IYC, Eradiri, and former Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Chairman of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Prince Monday Whiskey — insisted that Amnesty Office had more than enough funds to avoid truncation of the programme and possible unrest in the region only if President Muhammadu Buhari would authorise someone to sign for immediate disbursement of funds.
Eradiri said he was worried about the way the current leadership of the country manages issues affecting the Niger Delta. Alleging a breach, by the Federal Government, of the peace agreement with the people, Eradiri stressed that the President’s promise of good governance was anchored on the hope of unfettered flow of oil from the region.
Mr. Amangala Joshua, an ex-militant, who said he and 2000 others were thrown out of the Liverpool’s John Moores University, two weeks ago, led a handful of his colleagues back to the Niger Delta, creating further tension in the area.