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Ex-militants threaten Nigerian FG - do not slash amnesty budget
« on: December 15, 2015, 01:05:53 PM »

Former Niger Delta militants under the umbrella of Presidential Amnesty Phase II, yesterday warned against an alleged plan by the Federal Government to slash the 2016 budget of the Presidential Amnesty Office.

The ex-agitators, who comprised those in the 6166 Presidential Amnesty Phase II, 3142 and 20192 ex-militants Phase III and Phase I, stated that the proposed N20bn for the initiative was unacceptable to them.

While calling on the Federal Government to respect the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, it signed with them, they lamented that the proposed amount could not cater for their monthly stipends.

The ex-militants, who marched through the streets of Warri, Delta State on Monday in a peaceful protest, carried placards with inscriptions such as ?Senate President, beg President to leave the amnesty budget alone;?

?We say no to the plan to reduce the amnesty budget;? ?Buhari, please don?t force us to go back to the creeks;? ?Saraki, leave our budget alone;? ?Ex-militants reject the 2016 amnesty budget;? ?The amnesty budget should increase and not reduce?.

The National Chairman of the 6166 Presidential Amnesty Phase II, Gen. Aso Tambo, while speaking with newsmen in Warri, accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of allegedly slashing their monthly allowance in its current budget to N20bn as against the N68bn budgeted for the office last year.

Tambo said, ?Our problem is that we have been receiving budget of this programme from October 4, 2009 till today and our budget used to be N86bn. Last year it was N68bn. But this year, we were reliably informed that the 2016 budget for the programme is N20bn.