Posted by News Express | 25 January 2018 | 1,576 times
Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors’ Forum in collaboration with the Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-agitators/Justice for the Abandoned Youths of Nigeria, on Wednesday marched through major streets in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.), to stop interfering with the day-to-day administration of the Presidential Amnesty Office in the interest of peace in the Niger Delta region.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the rally which started from the beginning of Ada-George road to terminate at Agip Roundabout by Ikwerri Road, President of the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors’ Forum, Tari Okosi, and Coordinator of the Coalition for Niger Delta Ex-agitators/Justice for the Abandoned Youths of Nigeria, Comrade Okpakariari Eferebo, lamented how the NSA has shut down the Amnesty Office. They warned that the interference of the NSA could trigger fresh simultaneous violent protests across the region.
The protesters called on the President “to use his good offices to intervene before the issue gets out of hands.”
The groups expressed fears that the NSA may be playing out a prepared script from politicians who are bent on derailing the President’s new vision for the Niger Delta region.
On his part, Coordinator of the Patriotic Niger Deltans for Good Governance, Comrade Adonba Amgbare, pointed out that “the ongoing undue interference from the National Security Adviser to the President has come to the people of the Niger Delta region not as a surprise, judging from the recent provocative statements from some persons in the North.”
According to him, the current reported actions of the NSA against the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme may invalidate all the milestones of the present administration in achieving sustainable peace in the Niger Delta region. Amgbare insisted that the people of the area are satisfied with what the Presidential Amnesty Office under Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd) is doing in the region.
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