Ex-militant leaders, rising from a meeting, have issued a statement asking for an extension of the December 2015 amnesty programme termination date, set by the Buhari administration.
They say the date is not feasible.
The spokesperson of the ex-militants, Gen. Reuben Wilson said “The federal government should release the allocations to the Presidential Amnesty Office in order to pay the beneficiaries their monthly stipends on time. The Presidential Amnesty Programme should be extended beyond December 2015 as earlier envisaged as expiry date.”
Adding that “The incentives promised the Ex-Generals and leaders of the various militant camps by the late President Yar’Adua in form of lifeline, security, accommodation and mobility should be fulfilled with immediate effect.”
Wilson also said “The federal government should pay, with immediate effect, the three months outstanding payments for the Pipeline Surveillance contract awarded to the ex-agitators by the immediate past administration. The federal government should also reconsider its termination of the Pipeline Surveillance contract and re-award same to the ex-agitators for proper and effective security of the pipelines.”
“The federal government should expand the Presidential Amnesty Programme to include the Niger Delta youths in the creeks who are presently not included in the Presidential Amnesty Programme,” Wilsonsaid.