By Chesa Chesa
President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), and replaced him with Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo.
The President ordered the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, to investigate the activities of the Amnesty Programme from 2015 till date when Boroh headed the agency.
According to the statement issued by presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, the new coordinator is currently Director of Research and Studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
Dokubo holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and hails from Abonema, Akuku-Toru Local Government of Rivers State.
The probe will focus on the allegations of financial impropriety and other acts against Boroh that are allegedly detrimental to the objectives of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Only last weekend, Boroh had told State House correspondents that those calling for his sack were the ones no longer benefiting from the system to the detriment of those the Programme was meant for.
This was in reaction to some ex-agitators, who recently called for his sack, accusing him of mortgaging their future, alleging that the programme had been hijacked by northerners, non-consultation, non-performance and diversion of funds meant for the implementation of the programme by officials under him.
Boroh said: “I want to let you know that what is happening in the Amnesty Programme is no more business as usual that is the bottom line of all that is happening. The programme actually is a security programme that has to do with critical stakeholders who drive the process in the programme.
“I am only there to supervise what they are doing so that we can achieve the aim for which the programme was established – to ensure youth restiveness is not allowed and ensure peace and stability of the Niger Delta region,” he said.