On Thursday, Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua granted amnesty to the militants operating in the Niger Delta region, giving them a period of 60 days to accept it.
The announcement was the fulfilment of the Federal Government’s pledge to grant pardon to militants in the oil-rich region.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the signing of the proclamation came a few minutes after the endorsement of the deal by the National Council of State.
In a speech, Yar’Adua gave the militants up to Oct. 4 to surrender their arms to enable them to benefit from the offer.
He urged the militants to avail themselves of the opportunity so as to bring enduring peace, security, stability and development to the area.
The president said the amnesty “is predicated on the willingness and readiness of the militants to give up all illegal arms in their possession, completely renounce militancy in all its ramifications unconditionally and depose to an undertaking to this effect. ” “It is my fervent hope that all militants in the Niger Delta will take advantage of this amnesty and come out to join in the quest for the transformation of our dear nation,” the president said. “The offer of amnesty is open to all militants for a period of sixty days,” he said.
Xinhua News Agency