By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”FORMER senate Chief Whip, Senator Rowland Owie, has commended President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua for the amnesty granted to militants in the Niger Delta but however urged him to implement the report of the Technical Committee on the Niger Delta which, according to him, would ensure the success of the amnesty.
He also urged the former Governor of Bayelsa state, Chief Diepreye Alameseigha, to be more active on Niger Delta issues by assisting the President in bringing peace to the troubled region.
Owie, who is also the leader of the Action Congress (AC) in Edo state, told Vanguard in Benin yesterday, that the N50billion amnesty granted to the militants was a step in the right direction but that the gesture would be more successful if the Technical Committee report is implemented by the President.
His words: â€œThe amnesty and the report go hand in hand and for the amnesty to be very successful, I think the President should also try to implement that report.
The implementation of that report will show the world that the President is sincere and that all he has said concerning the Niger Delta is an indication that he wants the best for the people of the state.â€
On the need for Chief Alameseigha to assist the Federal Government, he said, â€œas the Governor-General of Izon nation, we know that he has the wherewithal to do it.
He is like a father to the Izon and I believe that he can talk to these our brothers who are fighting against oppression to give the President the benefit of doubt so that we can move forward.â€
Reacting to the recent interview granted to Vanguard by Alameseigha, Senator Owie stated that â€œthe revelations have shown how dangerous Obasanjo was as a President.
How he victimized people like Ibori and Victor Atta then. I thank God Alameseigha came out alive.
The story of Alameseigha has exposed the role Obasanjo and Ribadu played while trying to destroy him. For a President to be in Britain to arrest his national instead of dealing with him in Nigeria does not only show cowardice, it shows high level of wickedness.