Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bro Felix Obuah says the decision to package a special amnesty programme to contain renewed cultist activities and militancy in the Ogoni area of the State is a welcome development.
Applauding the State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the wisdom and magnanimity to give these cultists a second chance, the State PDP chairman said the gesture is the hallmark of good governance and a sincere leadership.
Bro Obuah noted that the successes recorded in other parts of the State by the amnesty programme have convinced all doubting Thomases especially the opposition leaders in Ogoni that Gov Wike meant well for the people.
The State PDP boss regretted that there would not have been need for the special amnesty programme and the huge resources required if the opposition politicians had not politicized the programme.
He alleged that it was the same cultists used by the opposition to rig the December 10, legislative re-run election in Ogoni that have continued to disturb the peace of the land.
He blamed the desperate opposition political office seekers for the resurgence of cultism in Ogoni and must be held accountable for all the havoc and blood of innocent Ogonis wasted to actual personal interests.
Bro Obuah however appealed to the Ogoni people and their leaders in particular to prevail on their sons and wards who are members of these cult groups to take advantage of the new opportunity to surrender their arms and key into Gov Wike’s amnesty programme.
He also commended the efforts and contributions of the security agencies in complementing the efforts of the State Government.
Bro Obuah said they should go ahead to consolidate the relative peace achieved by the amnesty programme and not to rest on their oars, saying fight against crime must be an ongoing activity for there to be total calm, co-operation and harmony among sheds of opinions etc.