ASABAâ€”Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has cautioned against the politicisation of the amnesty recently granted Niger-Delta militants by President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, just as he condemned last Sundayâ€™s attack on the Atlas Cove in Lagos. â€œThe attack should be condemned by all Nigerians,â€ he said.
Governor Uduaghan who reminded the militantsÂ that the attack on the Atlas Cove in Lagos does not only affect the economy of the nation, but also the economic life of the rural populace who depend on the environment for fishing and farming for their livelihood.
Speaking while receiving the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), AlhajiÂ Idi Farouk, at Government House in Asaba, yesterday, Governor Uduaghan averred that whereas the amnesty offers a leeway for youthsÂ still carrying arms in the creeks to surrender, it was sad that â€œsome people are using all sorts of words to pull down the offer.â€
The governor said he was surprised that some stakeholders and opinion leaders were giving it different interpretations.
He said amnesty was the leeway to resolve the nagging issue of militancy and warned those giving it different interpretation not to sabotage the genuine efforts of the Federal Government to bring lasting peace to the Niger Delta.
While calling on the armed youths to embrace the offer, the governor appealed to parents, guardians and traditional rulers to persuade the youths to come out as it was only through amnesty they could live normal life. Uduaghan said, â€œPlease get in touch with the armed youths and tell them to come out of militancy.
This is the only opportunity for them to come out and engage in meaningful and crime free life.â€
In condemning the negative approach of such persons to the amnesty deal, the governor warned that â€œwe should not play politics with the issue because any person doing that is not doing the country any good.â€