- There are indications that all is not well in the presidential amnesty office
- Rumours are rife that there are plans to oust the coordinator of the programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd)
- Boroh has however gotten the support of the youths of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the south-south region
The leadership of the Coalition of APC Youth Support Groups, south-south zone, has passed a vote of confidence on the coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, February 14, chairman of the coalition, Ambassador Fubara Dagogo, who spoke on behalf of other stakeholders of the governing party, said the success stories recorded very fast since Boro's assumption of office made the young men and women in the south-south believe that with the right people in leadership, change is possible.
The group said under the current leadership of Boroh, the Presidential Amnesty Programme has lived up to it essence of establishment, which is to “constructively resolving the conflicts in the Niger Delta region.”
Fabura, who is also the leader of APC South-south Youth Assembly, said the assessment of Boroh to his group shows that his office has never discriminated against participants of the amnesty programme despite his political inclination, which is a rear attribute of leaders.
The group encouraged Boroh to derive strength from the current challenges facing him as reason to meet up his milestone given to him by President Muhammadu Buhari, bearing in mind that success comes with challenges.
They noted that Boroh has successfully brought discipline into the administrative policy of the amnesty programme by ensuring that repentant agitators are not only reformed but well prepared to take up the leadership role in the society, in such a way that will ensure development of the region and beyond.
They urged the amnesty boss to strive to achieve more in the area of capacity building for the ex-militants, not minding the current challenges.
“He should not be distracted but remain focused while reaching out to all the affected youths, communities, states and all the traditional rulers in the region.
“This assignment given to General Paul Boroh by Mr. President has proved that he (Boro) has leadership capacity to turn things around if given more political opportunity in serving his people and the nation at large. We, the youth in South-south so much believe in his leadership style and humble nature and hereby calling on him to make up his mind for an elective office in near future.
“We are also calling on other appointees in the region to emulate General Paul Boroh's humility in leadership which we believe has paid of in living up to expectation in his current assignment," Fabura said.
The APC youth group, however, called on all stakeholders to cooperate with the current leadership of amnesty programme by giving peace a chance and have positive effect on all and sundry in the region.
Recently, a group called Lower Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Network, raised an alarm of plans to force Boroh out of office.
Spokesman of the group, Godspower Oweifawari, in a statement sent to NAIJ.com, said Boroh has come under pressure in the last few weeks by some powerful forces desperate to him replaced.
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