Former militant leaders, under the aegis of the Niger Delta Reformed Ex-Agitators Association (NDREA), have urged the new Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, to weed out corrupt elements in the amnesty office or face the same disgrace as his predecessor, Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd).
The ex-militant leaders also urged the amnesty boss to make haste and dismantle those bad eggs to avoid the pitfalls of Gen. Boroh, who was sacked last month.
The leaders, drawn from the nine states of the region, said though they commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his appointment, warned him to beware of the bad eggs that misled his predecessor and created impediments for the smooth and effective implementation of the mandate of the presidential amnesty programme.
The NDREA, in a statement issued via e-mail and signed by its National President, Ex-militant General Ebiowe Ayado, said: “The group is very confident that Prof. Charles Dokubo, will effectively deploy his robust wealth of experience to pilot the affairs of the presidential amnesty programme to greater heights.
“However, we hereby call on him to beware of the bad eggs in the presidential amnesty office that misled his predecessor and created impediments for the smooth and effective implementation of the mandate of the presidential amnesty programme.
He should weed out the bad eggs and inject fresh blood into the programme and engage very patriotic and committed persons as his aides to enable him actualise his mandate.
“He should do away with all the aides that misled the former S.A, Paul Boroh and appoint only very honest and dedicated aides to help him succeed in his new assignment. He should never recycle or engage all those who have questions bothering on corruption and other illegalities to answer under his predecessor.
“It is our very strong position that for the new special adviser and co-ordinator of the presidential amnesty programme to succeed, he must sanitise the office and bring in some critical stakeholders to help him in the discharge of his duties.
“We are also using this medium to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the sustenance and continuation of the presidential amnesty programme as his kind gesture has entrenched the hitherto fragile peace in the Niger Delta region.”