The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has uncovered a plot by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to hijack the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and make his kinsman from Akwa Ibom State the Coordinator of the programme.
President of IYC, Eric Omare, who made the allegation in an announcement in Yenagoa warned the previous governor of Akwa Ibom State to cease conceiving the concept of creating the amnesty workplace an appendage of his ministry.
He mentioned it was mistaken for Akpabio to assume that the amnesty workplace might be used as a political patronage, insisting that any try by the Presidency to let the minister have his approach would breach the peace within the area.
Omare mentioned similar to the best way Akpabio acquired the Presidency to delegate the supervision and management of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) to his ministry, the minister had began scheming to settle his loyalist with an appointment as an amnesty coordinator.
He mentioned: “We’re warning the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio to cease his political scheming to pressurized President Muhammadu Buhari to nominate one in every of his loyalist from Akwa Ibom State as Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for Ex-Niger Delta Agitators.
“We’ve it in good authority that similar to the best way Senator Akpabio acquired the Presidency to delegate the supervision and management of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, he has began one other political scheming to place the Presidential Amnesty Programme below the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
“The minister needs to nominate his loyalist from Akwa Ibom State because the Coordinator of the programme below the spurious argument that it’s the flip of Akwa Ibom State to provide the Coordinator of the Amnesty programme”.
Omare defined that the PAP was not conceived as a programme for everyone within the area however was designed to cater for particular pursuits and stakeholders.
He mentioned: “We want to state clearly that the Presidential Amnesty programme will not be a programme for everyone within the Niger Delta area, however a programme specifically designed for ex-agitaors, who voluntarily surrendered their arms and ammunition to the Federal Authorities of Nigeria.
“In consequence the Amnesty programme, not like the NDDC will not be a turn-by-turn programme or company however one which whose management and coordination should at all times be within the fingers of the individuals and areas who perceive the language of the creeks and Ex-Agitators within the Niger Delta area, who’re the beneficiaries of the programme.
“It’s on document that Akwa Ibom State already has a Senior Particular Assistant (SSA) to the President on Niger Delta Affairs within the particular person of Senator Ita Enang and that’s sufficient consideration to Godswill Akpabio and his political household for being a part of the Niger Delta area.
“The IYC name on President Buhari to utterly ignore the lobbying from Senator Akpabio as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to nominate his loyalist from Akwa Ibom State as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme as a result of such an motion would result in breach of the delicate peace within the Niger Delta area.
“The Amnesty programme is for a particular class of individuals from the creeks of the Niger Delta area and never for political patronage on a turn-by-turn foundation”.