By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin â€”Â former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye (rtd) yesterday in Offa assured that the amnesty grantedÂ the militants by the Federal Government would bring lasting solution to the protracted crisis in the Niger Delta area, adding that the development would also bring about the heavy presence of government in the areas of development.
Adekeye spoke in an interview shortly after he was conferred with Arewa Inspirational Leadership Award 2008 by Joint Northern Youth Association.
According to him, “I am very much in support of this. This is an idea we have been pushing forward for a very long time, that we should work on the hearts and minds of the people.
It’s just a question of some miscreants who have hijacked the machinery of the community, working negatively.
“The truth is that, most of the benefits are going to that particular cabal, although there are some recruits here and there.
With this olive branch thrown to them, that look drop your arms, we will grant you amnesty, I am sure not quite a few of them will think twice and say what are we really achieving this way.
Yes, you can be doing some things, getting away with it, but one day at the back of your mind you know that you will be caught, and if you are caught, the penalty will be very heavy. I think the amnesty is a very big incentive for them,” he stressed.
The National President of the Association, Mr Ahmed Umar, in his address said the retiredÂ Vice AdmiralÂ Adekeye was one of Arewaâ€™s brightest and shining stars and was given the 2008 Arewa Inspirational Leadership Award because he carved a niche for himself in the history of the Nigerian Navy.