Sunday, 12 July 2015

Ex-militants beg Buhari to destroy Boko Haram

Members of defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) want President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately end recent bomb attacks by Boko Haram.

The ex-militants, who met under the auspices of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), condemned the spate of attacks in Plateau, Kano,Kaduna and Borno states.

“We want the present administration to wield its might by keeping to its word that ‘Boko Haram will soon know our collective will power’ by engaging various stakeholders to put an end to this callous, ruthless and senseless killing,” they said in a communiqué signed by Reuben Clifford, spokesperson of the group.

They expressed worry over the unpaid stipends and allowances of amnesty programme beneficiaries, and called on the president to “urgently intervene”.

“We are inundated with calls from home and aboard of our members who are amnesty beneficiaries passing through various harrowing experiences.

“Some at Igbinedion University are being barred to write their final year examinations since they could not pay their fees, while some schooling in Jordan have been evicted from their homes and now living on handouts from friends.

“We urge the president to authorise the disbursement of fund to offset allowances of Amnesty beneficiaries because this situation is worsening and worrisome.”

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