AS IJAWS REMEMBER ISAAC BORO: Asari-Dokubo rejects FG amnesty programme

2011-05-18
Vanguard

By JIMITOTA ONOYUME

PORT HARCOURT

ABOUT 1,000 Ijaw youths, yesterday, embarked on a peaceful march to the Rivers State Government House and major streets in Port Harcourt, to commemorate this year's Isaac Adaka Boro day.

The protest was organised under the aegis of Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF. Leader of the group, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, reversed himself on the Federal Government's amnesty programme, when he called on the government to accommodate his boys in the project.

Asari said he had rejected the amnesty under the late President Umaru Yar'Adua administration but that it was not enough reason for the government not to accommodate his boys.

Asari who spoke against the appointment of Justice Ibrahim Auta as Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, said rather than ratify the appointment, President Jonathan should order an investigation into his role in the judicial murder of the late Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others.

He said, "we have not been part of the amnesty under the late President Yar'Adua because the programme contradicts our belief as genuine fighters, who were not out to fight only for our own interest.

"Rather, we were fighting for the interest of the land and people of the Niger Delta, a land where our people suffer in the ocean of wealth.

"We do not need to kidnap or commit crimes against our people to gain government's reckoning. We are stakeholders and cannot afford to lose out and our followers are young men, who also must benefit from the packages.

"Also, we reject the recent unpatriotic confirmation of the appointment of Auta, by the Senate, because this is a tacit endorsement of the judicial murder of Saro-Wiwa and eight others.

"Consequently, we call on the Presidency to reject the Senate confirmation and instead, order an investigation into the role of Justice Auta in the judicial murder of Saro-Wiwa and eight of his Ogoni compatriots," he added.

 

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