The leadership of Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) has lauded President Goodluck Jonathan for his approval of a third phase of amnesty for Niger Delta ex-militants.In particular the group is happy over the inclusion of NDLF soldiers in the state pardon aimed at forgiving “members of the organization of offences of taking up arms against the federal military might as well as damages done to the oil facilities.”
A statement emailed to Newsdiaryonline.com ,signed by Capt. Mark Anthony former spokesman, NDLF said “The NDLF ex-soldiers as well as other Niger Delta ex-militants who were keyed into the third phase of the federal amnesty programme are grateful to God and thank Mr. President for the wise decision and jubilate over the federal government decision to pardon NDLF and approval of the third phase of the federal amnesty programme.”
“We equally commend the Chairman of the federal amnesty programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku for his patience and understanding in dealing with all the ex-militants in the 3rd phase of the federal amnesty programme. We are commending him; especially for the troubles he personally encountered with various ex-militant groups, such as phone threats, physical harassment from various ex-militants groups across Niger Delta until this final approval and pardon”the statement said.
The spokesman also tendered some apologies thus: “We apologize on behalf of all ex-militants for the troubles he experienced with different groups as chairman of the amnesty programme and pledged to join federal government to maintain the existing peace for growth and development of the nation and the Niger Delta region. We also appeal to Mr. President to redouble his effort in the rapid infrastructural development of the Niger Delta region.
The group expressed the hope that “However, from the date of the announcement of the approval of the 3rd phase, all NDLF soldiers who were on the wanted list of Nigerian Army code-named Joint Task Force (JTF) have regained their freedom and we appeal to security personnels not to molest or harass any of our ex-soldiers for any reason, except on individual offences, such cases should be reported to the leadership of NDLF quickly for proper investigation and punishment as the leadership will partner with JTF and on security authorities matters to promote peace and security in Niger Delta and the nation at large.”