By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI — CHAIRMAN of the Delta State chapter of the Phase II of the amnesty programme, ‘Gen’ Kingsley Muturu, yesterday, berated former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, for statements credited to him that the amnesty programme was a drain pipe.
Muturu described the comments “as mischievous, baseless and another attempt by Tinubu and his cohorts in All Progressives Congress, APC, to divert the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan from implementing his transformation agenda.”
Reacting to the comments in an interview, Muturu said: “rather than applaud the presidency for the successful implementation of the amnesty programme, which has gone a long way in restoring peace to the Niger Delta region and paving way for increased revenue for the country, Tinubu is orchestrating baseless allegations against the programme.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the amnesty programme, under the Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, is being properly managed as attested to by the over 30,000 youths that have been enlisted into the programme out of which over 16,000 have been trained in various fields and over 2,299 are presently participating in skills acquisition within and outside the country.
“We use this medium to tell Bola Tinubu to steer clear of the amnesty programme because he is not from the Niger Delta region and should not speak on matters that concern the region.”