20 March 2019

Nigeria: Calls for Dokubo's Sack Stirs Protest in Port Harcourt - Amnesty

Port Harcourt — Kalabari kinsmen of Prof Charles Dokubo, yesterday, protested against calls for the sack of Prof Charles Dokubo as Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP.

The protesters under the Kalabari Indigenous Movement, joined by some ex-militants, protested in Port Harcourt, condemning calls for the sack of Dokubo.

President General, Kalabari Indigenous Movement, Sepribo Douglas spoke on behalf of the protesters.

His words:"We are appealing to President Buhari to ignore all detractors of Dokubo. He is a true Kalabari man. Only Kalabari submitted arms without undermining the Amnesty process, but a Kalabari person had never headed that office before now.

Group condemns attacks

Meanwhile, the Foundation for Peace and Non-violence in Nigeria has condemned what it described as "the spate of mudslinging in the media" against Dokubo.

Speaking to journalists, yesterday in Lagos, President of the group, Onengiye Erekosima said the Ijaw nation was being embarrassed by attempts to soil the reputation of Dokubo.

He said: "It was unthinkable for anyone to imagine or make the allegations.

"I make bold to say that none of the past Special Advisers can match Dokubo in terms of achievements and implementation of the scheme's blueprint. His one year in office is better than three years of some who held the position."

Erekosima cited the case of prompt and regular payment of stipends to ex-agitators, who no longer block the highways in the region to protest against the anomaly, as one of his achievements.

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