By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€” ABOUT thirty ex-militant commanders in the Niger Delta who were not allowed into last weekâ€™s meeting with President Musa Yar’Adua have warned that such act could mar the gains of the amnesty exercise.
The ex-militant commanders, who spoke to Vanguard yesterday in Port Harcourt, said they were denied access to the meeting when they got to one of the gates in Aso Rock, and in frustration had to create a scene, barricading vehicles from going in and out of the presidential villa for some time before some top government functionaries intervened to calm them down.
They said President Yar’ Adua should in the future ensure that all former militant commanders were part of such meeting, warning that any attempt to do otherwise could create problem for the system.
One of them, Prince Wisdom Amachree, a.k.a General Adekunle, said he was among ex-militant commanders that surrendered over 60 rifles when he keyed into the amnesty exercise.
He said there was no reason for him to be ignored in any fora with ex-militant commanders in the region on how to promote the new culture of peace in the area.
The ex-militants, who hailed the amnesty, advised the Federal Government to take steps that would consolidate on the gains it brought to the region and the nation.
According to them, the Federal Government should not over price some of the ex-commanders because they met with the president, Minister for Defense or the Honorary Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta.
â€œThose of us who came out to surrender voluntarily without any persuasion from the President or top government functionaries should not be ignored in the peace process,â€ they said.
On his part, Mr. Worgu, a.k.a General J.J,. also called for the repair of his vehicle he said was recently released by the state Police Commissioner, adding that the car was currently parked at the premises of the Omuma police station.
According to him, the chairman of his local government had promised to repair the car as one of the promises made to him before he embraced the amnesty