A community leader, Chief Piniki Azaiye, says it is the turn of an indigene of Delta state to produce the new coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme.

Chief Azaiye spoke exclusively to Orange Blog on Thursday against the backdrop of reported plans to name Col Miland Dixon Dikio from Rivers state as the new amnesty coordinator.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an ex-militant of Delta state origin to head the amnesty office in the spirit of fairness and transparency.
Azaiye advised against the choice of a retired military officer as such would not go down well with the former fighters and community people in Delta whose agitations led to the establishment of the office.
 Chief Azaiye said this was the perfect opportunity to compensate them as they have never been opportuned to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
According to him, ex-militants would oppose the appointment because previous ex-military men who were chosen did not understand the nitty-gritty of running the office.
The Ganpamowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri south-west  Local Government also called out the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Mungono (rtd) for using the amnesty office to play “politics” and “satisfying his friends” because of personal interest.

He listed former occupants of the office to include Gen. Godwin Abbe (Edo State), Kingsley Kuku (Ondo State), Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (Bayelsa State) and Prof. Charles Dukobo (Rivers State).

President Muhammadu Buhari had in February suspended Prof Charles Dokubo from serving as the coordinator of the amnesty programme following several allegations and petitions.

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