On its part, the presidency, THISDAY learnt, is seriously considering reaching out to the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and first Presidential Adviser on the Amnesty Programme, Mr. Timi Alaibe, to return to run the affairs of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
A source in the presidency told THISDAY that Buhari who is very disturbed by the incessant attacks on oil installations in the region and its impact on the country’s finances, is mulling the advise of a senior security and intelligence chief, who has recommended that Alaibe be brought back to manage the amnesty office.
The goal, the presidency source explained, is to get Alaibe, who was the architect of the reconciliation, rehabilitation and reintegration programme for ex-militants who laid down their arms in 2009, to use his links with the former and current militants to arrest the bombings in the Niger Delta.
The source added that the current occupier of the office, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd), may be eased out of the job, just as two key ministers from the Niger Delta region have reportedly received verbal queries from Buhari over the security breaches in the region.
“Even though the nation’s security agencies are on top of the situation in the region, the affected officials have been accused of not doing enough to solve the problem.
“The perception in the presidency is that the amnesty man (Boroh) is far detached from the people, he does not know the militants well, and we cannot just go into a military operation that will take innocent lives in the name of looking for the boys when there is an easier way to reach the militants and rebuild confidence.

“I think at our level, we have done our bit by suggesting to the political leadership to bring Timi Alaibe on board so that we can avoid some of these military operations.
“I can bet you that once we engage in any operation, it will take a minimum of 16 months to complete because times have changed.
“It is now very clear to the president that some of the ministers from the Niger Delta are not on ground,” the source in the presidency said.
Since the resurgence of attacks in the Niger Delta, Nigeria’s oil output has fallen to a 22-year low of 1.4 million barrels per day (mbpd), against the budgetary target of 2.2mbpd.
The attacks, which have also targeted gas infrastructure in the region, have also impacted negatively on electricity output from thermal power stations that are reliant on gas to power their turbines. This has led to constant system failures and prolonged blackouts nationwide.

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  1. From day one of the British creating Islamic jihadist Nigeria, they created the Nigeria a cursed country. How in the world did Fredrick Lugard, and his wife Flora Shaw, and their British masters really think that they could bring people of three nations who are totally different in every aspects of live beside their skin color to live together as one? And now after 100 years it is proven to Britain that the so called fake fraudulent Nigeria country is perished and is gone down the drain.