CAN DOKUBO SUSTAIN THE PEACE MOMENTUM IN NIGER DELTA?
When Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo replaced Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd) as the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants in March, 2018, one of the responsibilities he was charged with was that of calming frayed nerves of former militants, and ensuring that peace prevails in the region.
Since his assumption of office, not a few observers have been asking if he can successfully carry out this responsibility and ensure that the situation where former militants in the region are in the habit of threatening to go back to the creeks is managed. For analysts, achieving this will depend largely on Dokubo’s ability to, through his good offices, ensure that the mandate perspective of the Presidential Amnesty Programme is met.
Since he became the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, he has, no doubt, recorded laudable progress that followers of events in the region agree that he has what it takes to get the job done. For them, areas where he has recorded successes cut across meeting with over 30 Phase One leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers in furtherance of his peace efforts, and parleyed with 70 Phase Two and Three leaders the next day at same venue. He had also earlier hosted the leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and visited a former Federal Commissioner for Information and respected Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, in his determination to deepen peace in the Niger Delta. Also, as a first step after mounting the saddle, he constituted a committee headed by a university teacher, Prof. Ayibaemi Spiff, to review the operations of the Amnesty Programme, particularly to ensure that the former militants become skilled through vocational training.
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