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Amnesty: N-Delta crisis not over yet, says Textile union

Kaduna — The National Union of Textile Workers has urged Nigerians not to rejoice yet over the achievements so far recorded in the Niger Delta as the crisis is far from being over.

The union, however, said that from the quantity and quality of arms and ammunition  turned over and the calibre of the region’s insurgent leaders who opted for amnesty, Nigerians bear witness that the path chosen by President Yar‘Adua  in the region has proved more effective than the “gunboat diplomacy” of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime.

The statement reads in part: “There is certainly cause for some relief on the protracted Niger Delta crisis. With 15,000 militants reportedly officially surrendered and thousands of weapons including 2,760 assorted guns, 287,445 ammunitions of different calibre, 18 gun-boats, 763 dynamites, 1,090 dynamite caps, 3,155 magazines and several other military accessories like dynamite cables, bullet proof jackets and jack-knives recovered at the expiration of the presidential amnesty, prog-ress has undoubtedly been made in restoring peace in the region.

“But the crisis is far from being over and it is not over until it is seen to be over with urgent development and reindustrialisation of Nigeria as a whole. The challenge is to learn and improve on the lessons of the concluded amnesty process which lasted 60 days.”


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