By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”PROMINENT Gbaramatu leader and marine merchant, Capt. Wilson Bubor (rtd.), has commended President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua for granting amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta, saying that the gesture would rekindle the confidence of the people in the Nigerian project.
The Gbaramatu chief also commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his peace initiative and rehabilitation efforts to re-settle displaced persons from the kingdom as a result of the JTF/militants confrontation, even as he lauded the efforts of notable Ijaw leaders in securing the amnesty deal from the Federal Government.
Chief Bubor, who said the armed struggle by genuine militants have brought the hydra headed developmental challenges of the region to world attention, commended the freedom fighters for their efforts but stated that the time has come for them to lay down their arms and give the Federal Government the opportunity and required peaceful environment to develop the area.
He appealed to all militants to embrace the amnesty by Mr. President as that was the only way they could become integrated into the mainstream of the society again after fighting with the Federal Government, warning that â€œnobody or group could withstand the federal might when it came to war as the recent event has shown.â€
He further cautioned militants to stop blowing up pipelines as it further degrade the environment and pollute the waters that is their source livelihood.
The retired Naval officer decried the harassment and unwarranted collection of illegal levies imposed on contractors, oil and servicing companies working on various developmental projects in the communities by all manners of youth groups, saying that â€œit is capable of hindering the rapid infrastructural growth of these communitiesâ€ and charged the youths engaged in these acts to desist forth with.
He appealed to the JTF to open the waterways for normal business activities, charging them to conduct their operations with lesser casualty to the people as mostly the innocent, children and the aged are caught in the cross fire in the event of any clash.