Members of defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) have decried the default by government in the payment of their members’ stipends and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene in order to allay their pathetic plight.
A communiqué issued by the ex-militant leaders on Sunday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, after their meeting, signed by Mr Reuben Clifford, spokesperson of the group, the ex-militants expressed their dismay over the unpaid stipends and allowances of the Amnesty programme beneficiaries.
The group also expressed its concern over the current security challenges in the country and the state of the economy.
The communiqué read in part: “We are inundated with calls from home and abroad from our members who are Amnesty beneficiaries, passing through various harrowing experiences.
“Some at Igbinedion University are being barred from writing their final year examinations since they could not pay their fees, while some who are schooling in Jordan, have been evicted from their homes and now living on handouts from friends.
“We urge the president to authorise the disbursement of funds to offset the allowances of Amnesty beneficiaries because this situation is worsening and worrisome.’’
They also condemned the current spate of attacks in Plateau, Kano, Kaduna, Borno and other northern states, and urged the Buhari administration to quickly stem the tide.
The ex-militants said that by engaging various stakeholders to put an end to the “callous, ruthless and senseless killings’’ in the north, Buhari would have lived up to his promise that Boko Haram would soon know our collective will power.