The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has warned the Federal Government to shelve the alleged plans to scrap the Presidential Amnesty Programme for ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region.
He also charged the people of the region to come up with a new narrative about holding leaders in the region accountable.
Omo-Agege gave the warning on Sunday in a statement issued by his media aide, Yomi Odunuga, titled: ‘Why amnesty programme shouldn’t be scrapped now – Omo-Agege’.
The statement explained that the Deputy Senate President spoke in Abuja when he played host to a socio-political organisation, the New Era Forum.
Omo-Agege described the alleged move to scrap the programme as premature and ill-timed, adding that taking such an action would truncate the fragile peace in the region.
Omo-Agege said, “I don’t think that the timing is right for the amnesty pogramme to be scrapped. We have challenges right now in the North-East through the ravages of Boko Haram as well as banditry in North-West and North-Central.
“Those are enough challenges already in this country. I don’t believe that this is the time to reawaken the agitation of militancy in the Niger Delta region.
“It is my hope and expectation that the policymakers, who are around Mr President, will convey this to Mr President that to the extent that there is any such plan at this time, it is premature and ill-timed.