By George Onah
PortÂ Harcourtâ€”The leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante/Patriotic Front Mr. Ateke Tom has invited Governor Rotimi Amaechi to his camp as a display of sincerity towards the amnesty offered by the Federal Government, even as the state graduates the first batch of rehabilitated militants.
He also asked the Federal Government to extend the deadline for the amnesty till end of December, â€œto enable us prepare to face the new challenges of life because the time given by the government is too short for usâ€.
Ateke, who spoke to Vanguard at his camp, Tuesday night, along with other foreign and local pressmen, said Amaechi should endeavour to go to his dwelling place to appreciate how he lived with his boys â€œfor him to know the type of suffering we are going through.
â€œThe governor of Delta State, Dr.Uduaghan and Bayelsa State visited Tompolo in his camp and even the Defence Minister and (Tony) Anenih were there to see Tompolo, I also want Amaechi to visit me because he is my governor, let him come here and see me for us to talk if they are sincere”.
â€œI know that Amaechi has denied me before, he said he had not seen me anytime in his life, but now he has agreed that I am his friend, I must tell you too that Rotimi Amaechi is my friend and he is also saying that we are friends, ask him whether he has come to the creeks to meet me.
â€œ Timi Alaibe,Â Anenih, defence minister have all been here to see me, why is my governor not visiting me?Â Â I want to see my governor in my camp to discuss with me before anything can happenÂ againâ€.
Ateke said the government should be sincere in meeting the demands of the militants, particularly as it relates to the development of the Niger Delta, stating that the issues that gave rise to the agitation must be addressed.
â€œI am not saying that the Niger Delta must look like Abuja overnight, but let there be some improvement, let there be something to show the people that the government is sincere, like the building of roads, infrastructure and so on and it is only then that we shall believe,â€ he said.