Buhari approves everything I ask for Niger-Delta – Boroh

Armed militants 
Photo: Buzz Nigeria
Armed militants Photo: Buzz Nigeria

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger-Delta, Paul Boroh, said President Muhammadu Buhari approved everything he asked him for concerning his activities in the Niger-Delta.

Mr. Boroh, who is also the Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that President Buhari’s commitment had brought about peace in the region.

“The main reason the Niger-Delta is stable today is because of the total commitment of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, in ensuring that the Niger-Delta is peaceful, stable.

“This is mainly to allow for development in the region.

“The president is very concerned about the region – that it has not developed the way he expected.

“That is why candidly speaking, all that I ask for, he approves.

“It is more so because he’s very committed to ensuring development in the region.

“And while he gives me the support to achieve his commitment, the stakeholders of the Presidential Amnesty Programme are also in total support of the administration.

“We meet from time to time and they pledge their loyalty, they are happy with the way the programme is being conducted.

“And they are ready to ensure that they support the administration and the programme until we achieve the result for which it was established.

“The Presidential Amnesty Office and PANDEF- Pan Niger Delta Forum – work hand-in-hand; very satisfactory relationship.

“In fact, we have some members of PANDEF that are in my office. So, we discuss from time to time ways and means of how we can impact the Niger Delta region.”

The presidential aide said with the ongoing efforts of the federal government, the Niger Delta has “very great future” adding, generally, there will be infrastructural development to create massive job opportunities for the people in Niger Delta region.

Mr. Boroh, a retired brigadier general, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is committed to a peaceful and developed Niger Delta region.

He said the impact of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta region has been very satisfactory and encouraging because the ex-agitators have imbibed the culture of ensuring peace.

“This is to allow for growth in the region and they are happy about it because a lot of valuable entrepreneurship programmes are ongoing in the entire Niger-Delta region.

“Their (ex-agitators) morale is high and they are happy.

“Each time I go to discuss with the ex-agitators and the youth, they pledge their loyalty and support to the present administration.

“This is so that the administration can continue the good things it is doing because of the commitment of Mr President in ensuring peace, stability and development in the region.

“The Niger Delta today is stable, peaceful and expecting investors moving there and help in adding value to the region,” Mr. Boroh said.

According to him, well over 5,000 ex-agitators have benefitted within the past two years in critical areas of aviation, maritime, oil and gas and agriculture.

The amnesty coordinator said agriculture was now the main focus of the programme in line with the government’s economic diversification strategy.

“This is to ensure that the ex-agitators imbibe the details of the new agricultural policy so that they can be professional farmers at the end of the day.

“This will create massive job opportunities, ensure that there’s food security in the region and the country at large and again, enhance our financial position.

“Niger Delta is stable and investors are moving in to continue their business,” Boroh said.

The presidential aide also explained that the programme has a terminal phase but that the ex-agitators would be empowered before the final phase.

“The programme has a timeline to phase out. It has to do with ensuring that the ex-agitators that are in the programme are adequately trained and empowered so that they can leave and this is ongoing.”

(NAN)


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  • udemeobong

    We are seeing the result! Story story? …Story!

    • Sincere-Voice

      You personally have a problem with believing others. The calmness and peace experienced today in the Nigerdelta is not by accident dude. Why not go find out from the militants first.

      • udemeobong

        I am not a dude, This American way of addressing people is not for me ok. Secondly, I am pramatic person, don´t talk talk and talk. If Buhari approves everything he wants done in the Nigeri Delta, why is Ogni Land not clean up by, no constant electricity, good roads and social benefits for all Niger Deltans as thank you for providing oil for Nigeria and suffering environmental pollution as a price?

        In which planet are you living ..DUDE?

        • Anasieze Donatus

          If Buhari approves everything he wants done in the Nigeri Delta, why is
          Ogni Land not clean up by, no constant electricity, good roads and
          social benefits for all Niger Deltans as thank you for providing oil for
          Nigeria and suffering environmental pollution as a price?

          All these you want PMB to achieve in ND within 2 years while your brother wasted 5years of this Nations destiny.purge the hate pls

          • udemeobong

            Mr Anasieze Donatus, you totally misunderstod me. Firstly, I don´t hate anyone. Secondly, I did not say that PMB muss/should in twei years fulfil all these things that were systematically destroyed since the beginning of the 80ties. I am a fan of PMB.

            My concern is the Special Adviser to the President on Niger-Delta, Paul Boroh, who comes from a military background to solve social and complex problem. This is the mistake our country keep making on one hand; puting a round peck in a square hole as the saying goes. We need a socialist and not military person to occupy that position.

            It is clear why he made such statement, then he only concerns about militancy and peace. What about other areas? Or should everyone now become a militant, bomb some few pipelines, make some threat, so that they can be granted amnesty, sent abroad to study and some few dollars in their accounts? What about our mothers and fathers, who suffer hard enough just see that their children afford at least a meal once a day?

            PMB lost the game immediately his party lost the leadership in senate. He lost the moment he could not cage Saraki. And now the senate is working against him. Imagine a senator that suppose to be patriotic and nationalistic saying that Nigeria has no leader, that Saraki should be president. That alone in developed democratic setting will cost him his career. He would even be prosecuted for trying to breach national security. But in Nigeria anything goes. Those who supported Saraki have something they are also trying to hide. Then if Saraki should go down, many of them will too. Just like it was in heaven with the former angel of light-Luzifer or Satan.

            So, all I am saying in a nutshell is that we talk too much do almost less o the opposite. Evidences are everyhwere, even in many churches and mosques.

          • Anasieze Donatus

            ok bro,guess i misunderstood you.My apologies

  • Frank Bassey

    There is time for everything under the sun. Time to tell lies; time to suffer for the consequences.

  • Gary

    Abeg stop with the propaganda for Buhari. He was poised to send Buratai’s army goons to go kill our people in ND until our people in Diaspora put pressure on Obama and the EU to dissuade him. At the threat of withdrawing economic and military assistance to Nigeria
    That is what happened before Buhari was convinced to see reason.

  • Tommy Soto

    great progress report on the region. i truly hope it’s 100% true.