- President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to reinstate Professor Charles Dokubo as his aide
- Dokubo, who is currently on suspension, is the special adviser the president on amnesty
- The call was made by a group known as Concerned Niger Delta Ex-militants
A group, Concerned Niger Delta Ex-militants, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reinstate Professor Charles Dokubo as the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme.
Dokubo is currently on suspension and is being investigated by the relevant authorities.
The former Niger Delta militants in a statement jointly signed on Friday, May 22 and sent to journalists, said Dokubo's reinstatement will correct many mistakes made in the past at the presidential amnesty office.
Part of the statement read: “We the concerned ex-militants of the Niger Delta, strongly believe that Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo has learnt a lot of lessons about the activities in the Presidential Amnesty office.
“He is the right person to continue the projects he started in different areas of the Niger Delta for the reintegration of the ex-agitators and the impacted communities resulting from the Niger Delta struggle.
“Therefore, the appointment of a different coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme will be a waste of time and a dangerous ploy, simply because it will take the new coordinator another process of learning about the activities in the amnesty office.
“Also, he will likely bring his workforce or work-teams, and this will lead to a retrogressive agenda for the office of the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme.”
The group insisted that the reinstatement of Dokubo will ensure the continuity of projects already embarked upon by the amnesty office.
The statement was signed by prominent ex-militants like Comrade Ubebe Powei Zacchaeus, Comrade Ofeye Alex Kimipamini, Comrade John Seiyefa John, Comrade Joshua Amiebina among others.
Recall that a group of Niger Delta Leaders recently responded to what they described as a bunch of fiction being circulated in the media about alleged infractions committed at the presidential amnesty office.
In a terse press statement signed by its convener Dr Ebiowei ThankGod and sent to journalists on Thursday, April 23, the group known as Coalition for Niger Delta Cohesion (CNDC), dismissed the allegations.
The CNDC described those behind the tales as “desperate and virtual cowards who have no evidence to substantiate their bogus claims and have therefore remained anonymous.”
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