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Amnesty Programme: Don’t Provoke Us Into Militancy, BNC Tells FG



Leadership Nigeria News Today

A socio-cultural organisation, Benin National Congress, BNC, yesterday warned that the federal government’s lackadaisical attitude in including Benin youths into the amnesty programme may provoke the youths into militancy.
The body also vowed to resist plans by the government to establish cattle colony in the state noting that the activities of marauding Fulani herdsmen have deprived people of the state access to their farmlands.
In a statement signed by its president, Mr. Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo and made available to Leadership urged the government to act fast in order to avert any restiveness from the youths.
The statement reads: “Rising from an emergency meeting today, we wish to respectfully remind Edo State Governor that Benin youths are more worried over their exclusion from the amnesty programme, and will request his solidarity with the Benin National Congress than his perceived tacit support for ranching.
“Our farmlands are being daily deserted because of the heinous activities of herdsmen. Our counterparts in Niger Delta are enjoying skill acquisition and scholarship programmes of the amnesty office under the National Security Adviser, and our youths are completely excluded.”
“Our senatorial district is host to the largest gas terminal in West Africa, oil and gas pipelines transverses our seven local government areas, and oil and gas have been discovered in very large proportions in six out of seven LGAs of our areas, what then should we do?” the group asked.