9 December 2009

Nigeria: Amnesty - Activist Lauds Vanguard, Uduaghan, Sylva

Warri — NIGER-DELTA peace activist, Mr. Cletus Arerebo, has commended Vanguard Newspapers, Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan and Timipre Sylva of Delta and Bayelsa States respectively for their role in the success the Federal Government has recorded so far in its amnesty programme for militants.

He said Vanguard Newspaper was incomparable with its incisive reports that not only explained government's intention, but convinced and persuaded the militants to come out of the creeks and accept amnesty since they had made with their guns the point that ought to be made.

Arerebo, who, along with other members of the Niger-Delta Riverine Peace Campaign Movement (NDRPCM) travelled to different militant camps in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states, preaching to militants to drop their arms long before the Federal Government declared amnesty to militants, made the commendation while speaking at a thanksgiving service at Christ, the Healer Church of God in Warri.

The service was to thank God for the successful acceptance of amnesty and turn-in of arms by former militants.

His words: "The Niger-Delta, which was very vulnerable, is now enjoying relative peace as a result of the dogged moves of these governors and Vanguard Newspapers".

Arerebo particularly commended Mr. Ebikabowei Victor Ben, alias Boyloaf, who he said, took the first step in accepting the amnesty offer of the Federal Government , thus encouraging other freedom fighters to boldly come out to also accept the amnesty offer.

"General Boyloaf is a progressive and courageous man who created the platform for the actualization of the amnesty move.

"He deserves due attention in the scheme of things in this country as it affects the Niger-Delta so as to allow him work for peace in the area," he said.

"Special thanks also go to Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, Ateke Tom, John Togo and others who have made remarkable moves in the actualization of the amnesty process in the Niger-Delta.

"I will not also fail to salute Comrade Kestin Pondi, Comrade Richard Akinik and Comrade Innocent Iboroma, who have all been in the peace process of the Niger-Delta and the Nigeria state at large".

He applauded President Umaru Yar'Adua, his vice, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for initiating the amnesty programme and the Minister of Defence and Chairman of the Amnesty Committee, Major General Godwin Abbe (rtd) for his collaborative effort.

Arerebo also lauded the efforts of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger-Delta, Chief Timi Alaibe, conflict resolution expert, Chief James Jeptha and NDDC top shot, Chief Power Aginighan, for their diverse contributions.

He prayed for and enjoined the entire congregation, led by the general overseer, Apostle. Dr. Gilbert Agada, to pray for the speedy recovery of President Yar'Adua.

He condemned those calling for his resignation.

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