PAP: Appoint Credible, Critical Stakeholder As Coordinator- Ex-Agitator Appeals To Tinubu
From Kenechukwu obiajuru, Yenagoa
The immediate past President of the First Phase Leaders of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP and South South Coordinator of The Asiwaju Group (TAG), Pastor Reuben Wilson has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to appoint credible person in the Niger Delta struggle as Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Pastor Reuben said the Amnesty Programme in it’s original conception is critical to the genuine sustainance of peace in the Niger Delta as such it should not be left in the hands of those who knows nothing about the foundational philosophy of the Programme.
In a statement personally signed by him, Pastor Reuben Wilson noted that the call to appoint credible and critical stakeholder as the Amnesty boss is premised on the need to effectively reposition programme to achieve it’s aims and objectives.
He stated that the Presidential Amnesty Programme has derialled from it original concept because persons who are not part of the struggle and knows nothing about the Programme are appointed as coordinators, adding that the original beneficiaries of the programme who have been captured are abandoned for others who are not part of the programme.
The statement reads “I wish to most humbly use this medium to call on His Excellency, Sen.Bola Ahmed Tinubu,President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ,to appoint a credible and critical stakeholder in the Niger Delta struggle as Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme .
” This call is premised on the need to reposition the Presidential Amnesty Programme to actualize its original design and objectives. The programme has derailed in recent years due to the appointment of people who don’t know anything about the programme and its foundational philosophy. The programme has become a platform for the engagement of all sorts of people that were never part of the programme. The original beneficiaries of the programme that are officially captured are abandoned for others that are not part of the programme .
” As the immediate past President of the First Phase Leaders of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and a critical stakeholder in the Niger Delta Struggle, I’m greatly worried by the way the programme is being run in recent years. I was privy to the aims and objectives of the programme as conceptualized by late President Yar’Adua because I was among the first set of Ex-Niger Delta Agitators that met with him. I’m therefore , highly concerned because the programme is not being run in accordance with its original design and the true beneficiaries have been abandoned without the necessary rehabilitation , empowerment and re-integration .
” I’m therefore , calling on Mr President to ensure that , henceforth,only credible and critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta Struggle are appointed as Coordinators of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.The programme is very important to the sustenance of the existing peace in the Niger Delta and therefore, should never be trivialized. It’s the major reason for the existing peace in the Niger Delta.
” I’m also using this medium to appeal to President Tinubu never to stop the Presidential Amnesty Programme until the entire captured beneficiaries are trained and empowered.Mr President should never listen to people calling for the stopping of the programme without fully actualizing its mandate, for such will cause another round of unrest in the Niger Delta region.
” Anyone calling for the stoppage of the programme is an enemy of his administration and the country in general.What is needed urgently is the appointment of a credible person that knows the fundamentals of the programme that can effectively run it in accordance with its founding principles and not stopping it without realizing its mandate.
” My call on Mr President not to stop the programme without actualizing its mandate is also strengthened by the fact that I want his administration to succeed in transforming Nigeria without unnecessary distractions .I believe in his capacity to holistically transform Nigeria as a visionary and transformational leader. It is the primary reason I was actively involved in his election as the South-South Coordinator of The Asiwaju Group (TAG) and the Founder of the Pastor Reuben Initiative for Good Leadership and Accountability (PRIFGLA ).We massively mobilized the South -South people to vote for him ,which also accounted for the remarkable electoral success Mr President recorded in the South -South region.
” It is therefore, on the strength of my burning desire to ensure that your administration enjoys a peaceful era in the Niger Delta region,that I’m making this patriotic appeal to you to appoint a credible and critical stakeholder in the Niger Delta Struggle,that is passionate about the success of your administration and who can create a peaceful atmosphere in the Niger Delta region for the economic prosperity of the country”.