Nigeria’s President Buhari Sacks Head of Niger Delta Amnesty Programme

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the head of an amnesty programme for former militants who attacked energy facilities in the Niger Delta oil production heartland.

President Buhari approved the appointment of Charles Quaker Dokubo, a professor, as the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants.

A statement by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said Mr. Dokubo replaces Paul Boroh, a retired brigadier-general.

Allegations of corruption and ineptitude have always dogged the Amnesty programme.

Femi Adesina Said Mr Buhari had also ordered “a full investigation into the activities of the amnesty programme from 2015 to date, especially allegations of financial impropriety”.

Funding of the former Niger Delta militants under the 2009 amnesty has been key to maintaining relative stability in the southern region and preventing attacks on energy facilities in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Crude oil sales make up two-thirds of government revenue.

But attacks resumed in 2016, contributing to pushing Africa’s biggest economy into recession that year as oil production was cut from a peak of 2.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) to near 1 mbpd, Nigeria’s lowest level for at least 30 years.



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