Any attempt to set up an interim committee to run the affairs of the Presidential Amnesty for the Niger Delta should be jettisoned as it will be resisted .
This is according to Ijaw Youths Council, IYC reacting to president Mohammad Buhari directive that the National Security Adviser (NSA) to constitute an interim management committee run programme since the coordinator, Professor Charles Dokubo has been relieved of his position.
IYC, in a statement on Sunday and by signed Pereotubo Oweilaemi, its President said the proposed plan to set up a committee will not augur way well for the country.
He said: “The plan by the National Security Adviser (NSA) to constitute interim management committee instead of appointing the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) will be resisted by the Ijaw youths. The NSA should rescind the idea of appointing an interim management committee. IYC will not accept it.”
”We heard that the following persons are to be appointed as members of the interim committee to coordinate the affairs of the Programme. Viz:
- Mr. A. A. Lawal- Chairman
- Col. Udoma- Secretary
- Mr. Anthony S. A. (Legal)- Member
- Brig-Gen Mohammed- Director of Finance and Administration together with one other person representing the SGF.”
”The PAP is not a northern affairs. This programme is the reason why the oil sector is experiencing peace. President Buhari should advise the NSA to disband that devious committee. We will revolt against it. The Niger Delta region will not have peace especially the oil platforms should the FG go-ahead with this so-called committee.
Oweilaemi said the move is an invitation to anarchy as the youths in the region are prepared to go back to creeks and wreak havoc on the pipelines .
“We sensed that the NSA, the SGF and some powerful forces in the presidency are clandestinely making moves to hijack the Amnesty Programme. We will resist it even with the last drop of our blood. IYC will shorten the oil sector if Buhari allows these desperate elements in the presidency to hijack the Amnesty Programme like what they’re doing to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC.
Our demand is that Mr. President should for the sake of peace in the oil sector appoint a coordinator immediately from among competent Ijaw people. We are watching the fold of events as we will not hesitate to short down all the oil platforms in Ijaw lands. Do not blame us should there be a breakdown of law and order in the region.
Buhari’s government is provoking the Ijaw people to anger. We will not accept the government turning the Amnesty Programme as a northern affairs in order to pay political followers. This is the height of provocation.
We will not allow cabals in the Government to take away the Programm from us. That’s an invitation to anarchy. Definitely, the boys will go back to the creeks. We hope that President Buhari will treat this message as a warning as the consequences of the NSA’s action will be catastrophic to the nation’s mono-economic.”