By Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja – Defence Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee for Niger Delta, Major-General Godwin Abbe (rtd) said yesterday that contrary to belief in some quarters, there is no hidden agenda in the amnesty proposal of the Federal Government, noting that â€œIt is real, it remains unconditional, it is a deal of faith between Mr. President and this country and there is no hidden agendaâ€.
Speaking in Abuja during a visit to the Minister of State, Alhaji Abdurahman Adamu, he said, â€œwe just want peace in this country so that the Niger Delta can be developed, so that whatever grievances or ills of the Niger Delta people can be addressed in a constitutional manner that will bring lasting solution to the problemâ€.
General Abbe who was reacting to a question on the sincerity of government, following fears that JTF forces may have carried out some attacks on militants while the amnesty was still on said, â€œWhen Mr. President declared amnesty, JTF had absolute instructions not to shoot at anyone unless in self defence and since the commencement of 60 days countdown of amnesty, the response from a number of militants have been most encouraging and we think we are making fantastic progress and we are going to succeed by the grace of Godâ€.
â€œBut as a nation, we shall not be unmindful of those who may be against the survival of our country and it will be foolhardy for anyone to believe there will not be a few people who have been benefiting from the killings and insecurity that have been taking place in the Niger Delta regionâ€.