Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, the Ijaw national leader, has called on the Niger Delta militants to ceasefire over the continuous bombing of the oil installations in the region.
Clark, who said President Muhammadu Buhari was treating the amnesty programme with kids gloves, said such action was posing serious danger to his administration as the programme introduced by his Fulani ‘brother’ Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was curbing restiveness in the region.
According to him, he personally entered the jungles, pleaded with the militants to surrender their guns, come out of the creeks, saying it was very tense but it yielded the needed result, leading to many surrendering their guns.
He said his efforts paid off and the country benefited from the outcome, the Amnesty Programme, but lamented that the programme is now being treated casually with grave potential consequences for the nation.
This is so because President Buhari has cut funding for the programme, insisting that corruption was in the process of its execution.
Clark, founder of Clark University in Kiagbodo, Burutu area of Delta State, added that the new wave of bombing has impacted negatively on the economy of Nigeria and he is most concerned.
“In my many years of leadership at various levels in this country, I know that any resort to violence and insecurity only leaves a trail of tension, neglect, pain and wanton destruction in the areas concerned.
“The Niger Delta is yet to recover from the violence which we experienced between 2005 – 2009 and wouldn’t encourage any more casualties in the name of fighting for God knows what.” he said.