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“For peace and stability in Niger Delta, don’t scrap Amnesty Program”

“For peace and stability in Niger Delta, don’t scrap Amnesty Program”

With fears that the Amnesty Programme might soon be scrapped, a non-governmental organisation, Coalition of Nigerian Leaders for Stability (CNLS), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the Niger Delta program to the year 2019 in order to guarantee peace and stability in the country.

The group, which made the call during a world press conference addressed by its convener/national coordinator, Chief Mike Ekayama Loyibo, in Abuja at the weekend, said the extension became necessary as the Amnesty Programme under former President Goodluck Jonathan was not implemented to the letter, adding that there are currently over 13,000 jobless ex-agitators who could not be absorbed by the scheme.

“We, therefore, call on the listening Nigerian president to see the need to review the ongoing Amnesty Programme which is slated to expire by December 2015 with a view to extending the programme to 2019, as it will certainly pave way for the entrenchment of peace and stability in the country,” Loyibo said.

Also speaking on the current National Assembly leadership crisis, the group urged the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to accept the emergence of Bukola Saraki.

“We, therefore, call on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC to see what transpired at the National Assembly as ‘change’ in action and also call on them to respect the will of the lawmakers as anything they do to alter the change may be resisted by Nigerians,” Loyibo added.

He further pledged the group’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari, while calling on Nigerians irrespective of political and religious affiliations to put the country first by supporting the current slogan of ‘change’ as championed by the president.

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