Published On: Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017

Leave Amnesty Programme out of partisan politics.

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Press Statement.


1st November, 2017

The attention of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been drawn to claims in some media that it has a preponderance of persons from some political parties. We have also been informed that a protest is planned against the Programme demanding that youths from a particular political party should be included in the   Programme and its reach out activities aimed at youths from impacted communities.

The Presidential Amnesty Programme wishes to state categorically that it is a security programmme that has no political affiliations. It is an even-handed intervention agency that is not concerned with the political affiliation of its Beneficiaries. In the process of providing education, training or empowerment to Beneficiaries, we do not ask them about their political preferences, and we are not concerned about their political parties.

The Amnesty Office asks all distractors or those inclined to recruiting members for their parties to please leave the Amnesty Programme out of their calculations. Also, The Amnesty Office will not be drawn into any debate or controversy that is of political nature.

We reiterate that the Presidential Amnesty Programme was established to disarm, demobilize and sustainably reintegrate those who took amnesty to end militancy in the Niger Delta. The Programme has also benefited youths from the communities due to militancy.

The Programme has for the benefit of the country, succeeded in ending militancy and restoring peace in the Niger delta. The least we expect of any patriot is to support the noble objectives of the Federal Government in establishing and sustaining the Amnesty Programme. The Presidential Amnesty Office will not allow itself to be diverted from its mandate of managing ex-Agitators and ensuring peace in the Niger Delta Region.

The Presidential Amnesty Programme thanks President Muhammadu Buhari for sustain the Programme to ensure it achieves its mandate. It also thanks Nigerians in general for their support for the Programme.

On the protest today at the National Assembly.

A group today, Wednesday November 1, 2017 staged a protest at the National Assembly, Abuja. They claimed to be ex-Agitators from the Niger Delta who dropped arms in 2011 but have not been paid stipends.  From our records, this group is not part of the 30,000 Beneficiaries captured in the Presidential Amnesty Programme, and the Office has no powers to include them in the Programme.

However, they will be captured in the projects of the New Vision for the Niger Delta Programme scheduled to be launched within twelve weeks.


Owei Lakemfa

Head, Media

Presidential Amnesty Programme.

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