From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, (MEND) and the Kalabari Indigenous Movement (KIM), have threatened that it may be forced stop oil business in the area if the federal government continue to politicize the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
This is as the body of Ex-Agitator Generals and KIM have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to recall Dokubo to continue his role in the amnesty office.
The group regretted that the continuous politics being played in the amnesty office has adversely affected the training and payment of the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, a representative of MEND, Ares Michael, warned individuals who claimed to be speaking for the ex-agitators to desist, adding that the body would not tolerate those who use their names for personal gains.
“Those who want Dokubo out are the same persons that have been committing ills in the amnesty office. They want to return and continue.
“Without reservation, we say that the emergence of Prof. Dokubo liberated us from the hands of gold diggers. The only sin Dokubo committed was that he refused to compromise his stand for fairness,” he said.
On his part, the representative of KIM, Sepiribo Douglas, lamented that the sacking of Prof. Charles Dokubo was improper, alleging that the sacking was necessitated by individuals who do not want the success of the programme under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Douglas said: “However, we are grievously saddened and unhappy over the politicization of the amnesty programme. It has affected the training of the programme. The beneficiaries are at home now doing nothing.
“We are also unhappy over the smear crusade against the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General, Babagana Monguno (rtd), on the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.
“We are calling on President Buhari to discountenance them.
“If this unhealthy politics that is affecting the programme for our youth continues and Dokubo is not recalled, we will have no option than to take over oil facilities and stop companies from operating till the issues are resolved.”