APPOINT A DELTA IJAW AS NEW AMNESTY COORDINATOR, EX-GENERAL OPUTU BEGS BUHARI
*says it is the Turn of Delta Ijaw to be appointed
An Ex-Militant General known as Ex-General Hon. Aroni Oputu, yesterday strongly appealed to the President Muhamadu Buhari to appoint an Ijaw man from Delta State as the new Presidential Amnesty Coordinator, saying that since the appointments of Amnesty Coordinators at the Presidency, Delta Ijaw has ever been appointed.
In a statement personally signed, Ex-General Oputu who is also the Niger Delta Co-ordinator Leadership Forum of Ex-agitators, Delta State Chapter noted that Bayelsa, Ondo and Rivers States have clinched that position since it’s inception leaving Delta Ijaw behind.
The statement reads; “We the Ex-Militant Generals in Delta State which to strongly beg Mr. President to appoint one of us (an Ijaw Man from Delta State) as the Presidential Amnesty Coordinator because it is the turn of Delta State to produce the new Presidential Amnesty Coordinator. It will interest President Muhamadu to know that the first Niger Deltan to be appoited as Coordinator was Timi Alaibe from Bayelsa, then Kingsley Kuku from Ondo before the appointees from Rivers State respectively but none has come from Delta Ijaw whereas we were the Originators of the amnesty programme and we lost so much lives and properties in the amnesty struggle; and till date Delta Ijaws have not recovered from these lost in fighting for the freedom of Niger Deltans”
“We are therefore appealing to President Muhamadu Buhari to take an Ijaw man from Delta. The entire ex-agitators in Delta from top to bottom will be extremely grateful if Mr. President listens to the crises of Delta Ijaws and do the needful by choosing one of us as the Presidential Amnesty Coordinator. Thank you Mr. President”.