Amnesty: Kuku warns Buhari not to destroy relations with ex-militants

By Post Nigeria July 13, 2015 11:17

Amnesty: Kuku warns Buhari not to destroy relations with ex-militants

Former Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme to the past administration, Kingsley Kuku, during the weekend, warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to push his luck with the peace being enjoyed with ex-agitators.

He said they had not received their allowances for 2 months, under the Amnesty programme.

    “… These are groups of people, former agitators that can turn the nation upside down if their payment is delayed for two days, they can block the Niger Delta highways and do more. But for over two months, they have been disciplined and calm.”

Kuku, while rationalizing the reasons for the delay in the payment of the ex-militants’ allowances, explained that the reasons the militants remain calm is due to the discipline instilled in the programme while he was coordinator.

    “For me that shows the level of discipline I was able to instill in the programme and that is what the present administration is enjoying. We must not push our luck.”

Stating that he had appealed to the militants to continue to remain calm, Kuku urged President Muhammadu Buhari to expeditiously pick his cabinet to forestall any agitation from the militants.

    “I have appealed to the delegates (the ex-militants), to be patient with the present administration concerning the affairs of the Niger Delta people.

    “However, this is a transition period for President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. It is not going to be easy for it to come on board just to announce anybody to run the Amnesty Office. So it will take him sometime.”

Kuku however stated quite emphatically, that he alone is fit to handle the amnesty programme, insisting that another person in the office will result to crisis.

    “…I have definitely left a big shoe in that office. If you just bring in anybody, there will be more crisis.

    “So, I think Mr. President is taking his time to look for the appropriate person to replace me so that there won’t be destruction but continuity.

    “I think there will be a better time for the programme but I encourage the 30,000 delegates to continue to endure a little while. I think Mr. President respects and adores the Niger Delta people.”

Last week the beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme voiced their discontent over a delay in payments. They complained that those within and outside the country who were meant to benefit from the programme were still left unattended to by Buhari.

In a statement put out in Yenagoa, Bayelsa by the ex-agitators it was said that the existing peace accord was under threat and a catalyst for potential chaos.