Monday, 15 February 2016

1500 Niger Delta militants agree to surrender and join hands with federal government to move the country forward.

Not less than 1500 Niger Delta militants have expressed their readiness to embrace amnesty and surrender arms to the federal government due to the intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.

The militants commanders from Arepo, Ikorodu, Abule, Fatorla, Ibafo, Magboro, Epe, Itokin, Ilepete, Okenekene, Agric, Gbokoda camps, Camp 5 and environs, said they will drop their arms as long as the federal government is sincere in its intentions.

According to the Sun, the groups said they had reconsidered their actions and decided to co-operate with the government, as a result of the peaceful approach of Kachikwu.

“We write to express our desire to surrender our arms and embrace the amnesty program as long as the federal government is sincere.

“With the timely intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, we the Commanders from Arepo Camp, Ikorodu Camp, Abule Camp, Fatorla Camp, Camp 5, Ibafo Camp, Magboro Camp, Epe Camp, Itokin Camp, Ilepete Camp, Okenekene Camp, Agric Camp, Gbokoda Camp and their environs, have made up our minds to accept amnesty because of the peaceful approach of the Minister of State for Petroleum.

“We also agree that all NNPC facilities and its subsidiaries must work for the betterment of Nigeria and the economic efficiency in the face of dwindling oil prices.

“However, our willingness to surrender should not be seen as an act of cowardice, rather, as an act of patriotism.

“Also, as we accept this amnesty, it is important to state that the first amnesty was not holistic and was characterized with fraud and fraudulent selections. We were not included in that amnesty program. Even as we tried all avenues to join the program, we were ignored completely,” the commanders said.
While wondering why the Kingsley Kuku-led administration of the Amnesty program had not been probed, the group drummed-up support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are using this opportunity to call on all Nigerians to work with Mr. President to enable Nigeria move ahead.

“So, as we have agreed to come out, we state that we should be properly co-opted into the amnesty program. This is very important because we have skills and very vast knowledge and experience in the region. We have farmers, ship captains, ship engineers, divers, technicians, welders et cetera, and we have lived all our life in the region. Therefore, we understand every inch of the region.

“Suffice to say that we have integrity. We believe in the peaceful dialogue and peace initiative by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, and we will wait patiently for the response of the federal government so that we all can move Nigeria forward,” the statement read.

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