By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”A reformed militant leader who recently surrendered his arms to the Rivers State government, Mr. Chukwudi Onwuchekwa, has urged militants in the region to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty to turn a new a leaf.|
Onwuchekwa, who spoke at a programme organized by his Elelenwho community in Rivers State to welcome him back to the community as a changed man, said he was at peace with his new life style and appealed to both the state and federal governments to come up with meaningful empowerment programmes that would productively engage youths in the region.
According to him, government needs to urgently tackle the challenges of underdevelopment in the region.
Onwuchekwa said as a repentant militant, he would need support from the government to run his family of three.
â€œOn my part as a repentant militant with a wife and three children I want the government to give me maximum support by offering me a sustainable empowerment,â€ he said.
He recalled in his address to the community how in connivance with some other youths, whom he said had also renounced militancy, took two expatriates hostage for about ten hours, confessing that the operation was later foiled by the police.