Buhari Will Probe N/Delta Amnesty Programme – Presidency

PMBPresident Muhammadu Buhari will look into the amnesty programme for ex-militants in the Niger Delta, the Presidency has said.
The Presidency explained that it will be wrong for Buhari to sustain the amnesty programme without taking a holistic look at its activities.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who stated this on Africa Independent Television (AIT) breakfast programme, Kaakaki, in Abuja, Friday, added that there are issues surrounding the amnesty programme that Mr. Buhari is taking time to study.
Adesina said: “Don’t also forget that if a situation or process was riddled with corruption and you come saying you are going to clean up the system, and then you continue to just run on the same steam of what you met on ground then you have not changed anything.
“There are a lot of issues about it and the President is studying those issues. After he has finished studying them, the package will be unfolded on amnesty”.
Adesina, however, described as unfortunate, the nonpayment of tuition fees for 13 pilots undergoing training at the Lufthansa airline school in Frankfurt, Germany, assuring that the situation will be sorted out soon.
He further dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the Niger Delta region has been neglected by the present administration, adding that Buhari will ensure that all sections of the country is represented as stipulated by the principle of federal character.
“If you follow that conversation trend through, you will also recall that the President also said that the constitution has protected all parts of the country, every part, and no part can be marginalized. So it is only somebody who takes part in what he said that will want to make mischief out of that. But if you take it as a whole, it is clear”, the presidential spokesman said.
He noted that the constitution has already protected every part of the country and no part can be marginalized.
“And he believes in fairness and justice and so will ensure that no part is marginalized.
“Talking of amnesty and all that, the President has said he still believes in the programme and will keep it going. But that he is studying the report. He is studying the one he met on ground. When he studies it fully something will be done”, Mr. Adesina maintained.

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