Third Phase Ex-agitators Leaders of Thought have commended the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government for taking a bold step in streamlining the operations of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Rising from a general meeting of the Association held at Uwheru, Ughelli North L.G.A of Delta State, with a communique signed by Comrade Lawrence Solomon Wazolo, National Chairman, the Ex-agitators Leaders said they had times without number voiced their opposition to the previous leadership and queried the way and manner funds were being disbursed and how several ex-agitators had been short changed.
The Communique reads in Parts; “While we are indeed extremely grateful to Mr. President for setting up a high powered committee, with forthright and astute gentlemen to investigate the functions of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, that will swiftly look into all the petitions and prayers raised by the aggrieved ex-agitators and prefer meaningful and lasting solutions since we cannot continue living like refuges in Abuja, we use this medium to thank the National Security Adviser to Mr. President and the Committee saddle with the responsibility of unearthing the inconsistencies and irregularities that characterized the previous leadership”.
“We strongly hope that, their findings would bring the needed slots that would bring smiles to the faces of the ex-agitators. Some of the evidence before us, is that some of those, whose accounts were locked by the previous leadership has been re-opened and their salaries been paid, with the strong assurance of being paid their arrears in due course.”
“With the re-opening of the accounts of so many, we do not need to be told that, the presidential committee on Amnesty is working and doing a good job as astute gentlemen entrusted by Mr. President to deliver the yearnings of the ex-agitators.”
“These glaring evidence, is as a result of the persistent agitations of third phase Ex-agitators’ leaders of thought, our struggle is noted by the Presidency, National Security Adviser and all those concerned. This is a clear indication that the struggle is not for rascality, but for a purpose in which we all stood for”.
“In view of the struggle, we attended a seminar in Uyo on the 6th January, 2020. Organized by the Presidential Amnesty Programme, which I Cmrd. Lawrence Solomon Wazolo (the national chairman of Atpet) gave a key note address wherein I publicly raise the issue of our slots and other concerning matters extensively deliberated upon and commitment were made to attend to same”.
“One of the highly respected leaders, Pastor Wilson Reuben, the peoples general, solicited on our behalf that both parties, i.e. the government and the ex-agitators should play their own part of the agreement without delay”.
“I want to use this medium/opportunity to appeal to my colleagues in the struggle to be calm, law abiding and allow those entrusted by the federal government a peaceful environment to do their jobs effectively.”
“Gone are the days, where we shoot to gain attention of the government, because we have laid down our arms and embrace total peace. We laid down arms for peace, human capital and infrastructural development in our local environment in the Niger Delta”.
“We want to encourage our teaming colleagues to believe strongly in the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for his no nonsense style of leadership.”