By Henry Umoru & Chris Ochayi
ABUJA—THE Presidency said, yesterday, that with the mandate of the Amnesty Programme to ensure peace in the Niger Delta region, it may have stepped on the toes of some very powerful persons in the country, but vowed never to be distracted.
The Federal Government has, however, called on the people of the Niger Delta to continue to support the current administration’s commitment to ensuring succour as well as make life meaningful for the Niger Delta youth and region in general, despite what it termed the harsh economic challenges of the time.
Also, the intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to end the renewed attacks on oil facilities in the region has started yielding results as over 1,500 militants have expressed their desire to embrace amnesty and surrender arms to the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, addressing journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, Special Adviser to the President / Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), said that the amnesty programme has helped to bring stability and peace to the region, just as he expressed satisfaction with the success of the programme.