BREAKING: Militants Blow Hot As The Immediate Sack And Arrest Of President Buhari’s High Ranking Aide, Tears Niger Delta Apart

By Amako Nneji March 24, 2018 07:25

BREAKING: Militants Blow Hot As The Immediate Sack And Arrest Of President Buhari’s High Ranking Aide, Tears Niger Delta Apart

Emerging report reaching Post-Nigeria, on Saturday, shows that the sack of Paul Boroh as Head of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, is causing disaffection in the Niger Delta region.

Recall, that President Muhammadu Buhari recently removed the former Special Adviser on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Paul Boroh, and appointed Professor Charles Dokubo as his replacement.

This came after several months of protests, either in support or against the former Presidential Aide by ex-militants and the stakeholders.

Consequently, barely a week after the sack of Boroh, several militant groups, including the Niger Delta Avengers, rose in protest against the sack, while others have described the President’s action as a welcomed development.

When Boroh held sway as the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, there were some accusations that the stipends meant for the ex-militants were not regularly paid, a situation that led to protests, calling for his sack on February, this year, both in Bayelsa and Delta States.

However, after his sack, some militant groups early this week, also vowed to resume attack on pipelines and other oil installations in the Niger Delta region, if the President does not reverse the sack.

The situation even became more complex when Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, arrested and searched the house of the former Presidential Aide in Abuja, and claimed to have discovered the of $9 million, though the family sources refuted the claim.

Although, the Niger Delta Youths Movement, NDYM, disassociated itself from the threat to resume attack in the region, issued by one Ebitare Pere on behalf of the Niger Delta Avengers  until Boroh is reinstated as Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The NYDM in a statement by its National President, Joe Jackson, said that the person who issued the threat statement was not known as a Spokesman of the body at any level.

He announced that the groups resolved, and indeed all Niger Delta Youths, to embrace the appointment of Professor Dokubo as the new Special Adviser and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, advising him to be a Pan-Niger Deltan in the discharge of his duties and learn from the past mistakes of his predecessors.

Also, Ijaw elders have cautioned ex-militants against any action that will breach peace in the region, as a result of Boroh’s removal, having in mind that he was replaced by another Ijaw son.

The Co-coordinator of Ijaw Monitoring Group, Joseph Evah, on behalf of the group and Ijaw elders, also warned the youths over the ultimatum given to the Federal Government to recall Boroh back to his position.

While regretting that such action could lead to a breach of peace, Evah said: “The threat will lead to the Military mobilising against our villages, and our women and children will suffer, so youths as a matter of necessity should withdraw their threats and maintain peace in the region.”


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