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Ex-agitators in the Niger Delta have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to make Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj-Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd) their enemy.

The appeal came following reported plans by the Federal Government to abruptly end the PAP, using Ndiomu as the hatchet man for the unpopular task.

The ex-agitators noted that Ndiomu might not be welcomed anywhere in the region if carried out the assignment which they said would lead to renewed crisis and agitations by different youth groups.

Speaking to journalists in Patani Delta State during a flood relief effort, a leader of the third phase, General Osaanya B. Osaanya, said it was disturbing the reports emanating from the Presidency that the amnesty programme should be terminated before the end of the year.

He said: “The idea by Federal Government to shut down the Amnesty program is unacceptable by we the Ex-Militant. Shutting down the Amnesty program will generate crisis in the Niger Delta.

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“The amnesty programme have endured a sustainable peace in the region and even if it will end it shouldn’t be in that manner as we are hearing. More so, there are still a lot of people that are yet to be trained.”

Osaanya added that the latest development was far from what Ndiomu told them when he met with them in Port Harcourt, Rivers State recently and urged the government to rethink the decision for the sake of peace and the economy of the country.
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