By Francis Tayor
In what they described as sabotage and deliberate attempt to thwart the genuine efforts of the federal government to restore permanent peace in the Niger Delta oil rich region, the ex-agitators of the region have raised alarm as well as kicked against the new directive by the Interim Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Gen. Miland Dikkio for all former militants to write JAMB exam before they would be deployed to study in the university, saying the condition will not stand the test of time rather it will lead to anarchy and chaos in the country.
The ex-agitators under the aegis of the Refined Niger Delta Militants (RNDM) comprises of all the former militants in phase 1, 2 and 3 across the nine (9) Niger Delta states, raised the alarm on Sunday, March 7, 2021 after an emergency meeting at Machiva Hostel, Warri, Delta state warned Mr. Dikkio to immediately deploy them to the various universities the federal government partner with to train them academically within one week time or else, expect an unusual protest that will affect oil pipeline installations that will crumble the nation’s economy.
In statement signed by the Coordinator of the group, Gen. Alabeni Otobo said about 95% of the ex-agitators of Niger Delta are illiterates and they want to go to school in order to contribute positively to build a better Nigeria as a country, but the new condition to write JAMB is nothing but a ploy to deprive them of their right to study, having dropped arms to embrace federal government amnesty programme in 2009 for peace to reign in the country.
They maintained that the interim Chairman, Dikkio and his PAs, Alfred Kemepatei and George should follow the lay down procedures by deploying them within a week time, if not, whatever happens after the expiration of the notice, the federal government and the security operatives should hold them responsible for breaching the peace in the country.
They further drew the attention of the interim management to note that their engagement is to serve the interest of the ex-agitators of the Niger Delta region and not to impose on them unnecessary conditions that will jeopardize the peace of Nigeria.
However, they appealed to ljaw National Leader, Pa. E.K. Clark, Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief. Timipre Sylva, former Bayelsa state Governor, Hon Sen. Henry Seriake Dickson, Niger Delta former warlords, High Chief. Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, HRM. King Ateke Tom, Gen. Boyloaf Ebikabowei Victor Ben, High Chief. Bibopere Ajube aka ‘Shoot At Sight’, Gen. Fara Dagogo, lYC President, Comr Dcn. Timothy Igbifa and all the South South governors to intervene in this matter and call Mr. Dikkio to order before things get out of hand.
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