Amnesty: Ex-militant leader calls on President Buhari to pay backlog of stipends


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PRESIDENT of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex- Agitators, NCNDE-A, Israel Akpodoro has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari- led administration to as a matter of urgency pay up the backlog of monthly stipends owed Niger Delta former militants as a measure to cushion the effects of the current economic realities in the country. Akpodoro noted that most ex-militants’ lives depend on the stipend from the amnesty programme of the federal government. He stated this in Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Tuesday in a statement written he signed and issued to journalists. He stated that the payment of the arrears to ex-militants at this time would go a long way to assuage the youths of the region and dissuade them from acts of violence, especially vandalism, adding that the payment would correct the erroneous impression that the federal government was withholding the stipends as a punishment to ex-militants because of the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA. According to the ex-militant, those he described as the enemies of the Nigerian state who are notable members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have brainwashed the youth population in the region into believing that the non-payment of the stipends was a vengeful mission by the federal government. He therefore called on the youth to support the government in a show of understanding and solidarity, adding that “the PDP has proven to be a nest of looters willing to do anything, including fanning the embers of disunity to achieve their sinister motives.” He acknowledged the economic albatross plaguing the nation
but was quick to appreciate the prowess of the president to prudently ‎manage the nation’s economy into success, saying it was only a visionary leader like President Buhari who could bring a nation that was looted …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot