Godson Irikefe, Abuja
May 29, 2015 – President Muhammadu Buhari today said that his government will invest heavily on the Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta.
Buhari made the revelation at the inauguration of his government in Abuja. The fate of the amnesty programme has been in contention in recent times with some former members of the Niger Delta militants warning that sustenance of the programme remains a requisite for continued peace in the region.
But speaking at the event, Buhari noted that though the programme terminates in December, his government will not abandon it.
“The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place.
“I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective.
“As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people”, he said and said that no single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation”, he said.