10 February 2012
There are obvious threats of fresh militancy activities across
's oil producing Niger Delta. And there are some politics around the threats, it seems. Nigeria
The Presidency and security agents may have underrated the capacity of a group of ex-militants who claim that they were not included in the 'largesse', coming from the amnesty programme.
Their colleagues, enlisted in the programme, collect moneys from the federal government; each gets at least N65, 000 monthly (these are juniors); many others get far more than N65,000 monthly, depending on their closeness to ex-militant leaders and politicians across the Niger Delta region.
Some have received training abroad; some have been sent to schools abroad. Ex-militant leaders are those who commanded 'troops' and called themselves 'Generals' during the militancy era.
Many of them are millionaires now. They have access to the Presidency, top government officials and high profile establishments. The presidency pacifies the ex-militant leaders to sustain stability in the Niger Delta since the leaders are thought to have control over their foot soldiers.
Indeed, many of the ex-militant leaders like Asari Dokubo (from
) Ateke Tom (from Rivers) and Tom Polo (from Delta) as well as some others have significant influence over their ex-militant members. To welcome Ateke Tom who had stayed long in Rivers State Abuja, his boys staged a big party recently in . Rivers State
The ex-militant leaders are however the envy of many youths now threatening fresh militancy. Some of them feel unsafe, that some of their boys could harm them. This is mainly because the leaders have become so rich, leaving behind some of their members in anguish.