Former leaders of Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise and tackle security issues currently threatening the nation, according to a Daily Post report.
The ex-militants leaders made this call at a meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital at the weekend to review the activities of the administration of President Buhari.
In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the former militant leaders said they were worried over the renewed attacks in Plateau, Kano, Kaduna and Maiduguri states where the Boko Haram sect killed hundreds of innocent persons.
Commending Buhari for the recent bailout to states, they urged him to extend the same gesture to beneficiaries of the presidential amnesty scheme.
The communiqué read in part: “Each day we are inundated with calls from home and aboard of our members who are amnesty beneficiaries pass¬ing through various harrowing experiences at school, while some at Igbinedion University are on the verge of being barred from writing their final year examinations since they could not pay their fees; some at Jordan schooling have been totally evicted from their homes and now leaving on handouts from friends.
“We also commended Mr. President on the recent bailout to the states owing workers salaries and that he should extend the same gesture to the amnesty beneficiaries, home and abroad, studying in one university or the other, because some of the amnesty beneficiaries are being threatened by community police abroad since they could not pay their house rents or school fees”.