By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRâ€”The militants that surrendered their arms at Multi Purpose Hall, Government House, Owerri, have vowed to again take up arms if nothing was done to immediately rehabilitate them in line with the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty programme.
The National Chairman, Niger Delta Youth Forum and Secretary, Amnesty Committee, Imo state, Mr Otikpo Chuks, disclosed this when youths of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Communities paid a courtesy call on the leadership of Owerri Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OCCIMA).
â€œThe angry youths are already getting restive. If we are pushed to the wall, nobody should hold us responsible for the outcome of their failure to do the right thingâ€, Chuks warned.
He recalled that youths in oil producing Local Government Areas of Ohaji, Egbema and Oguta, had been peaceful but added â€œthis is no reason why we should be underrated or underestimatedâ€.
Chuks recalled with grief that since the boys willingly surrendered their arms, nobody had deemed it fit to call them again till date, adding that their names were not even in the Federal Governmentâ€™s list of people slated for rehabilitation.
Responding, OCCIMA President, Chief Okey Ikoro, commended the youths for choosing the path of dialogue and keeping the area calm.