Ex-militant leader condemns attack on Alaibe?s home
By Chukwudi Akasike
Sunday, 14 Nov 2010
A former militant leader in the Niger Delta, Pastor Reuben Wilson, has condemned the bombing of a house belonging to the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Timi Alaibe.
Alaibe?s house at Opokuma town of Bayelsa State was attacked in the early hours of Friday by gunmen suspected to be militants from the region.
Wilson described the attack as unnecessary, especially with the ongoing Federal Government?s amnesty programmes.
The ex-warlord known as ?General Pastor? said Alaibe had been fighting the cause of repentant militants in the state and wondered why such dastardly act was carried out.
He said, ?We condemn the bombing of Alaibe?s house in Opokuma town by some gunmen. We all know Mr. Alaibe as a peace loving man and his effort in the amnesty deal between ex-militants and the Federal Government is commendable.
?Therefore, it is shocking to note that his (Alaibe?s) house could be bombed by some unknown gunmen. It is our belief that with the federal amnesty, such mindless attack on Alaibe?s property should not occur.?
Also condemning the recent attack on oil installation, kidnappings and bombing in some parts of the country, Wilson called on various interest groups to pursue their objectives through lawful and peaceful means.
He implored the citizenry to avail President Goodluck Jonathan the opportunity to lead the country in the next democratic dispensation, adding that the President had shown commitment towards the development of Nigeria.
The ex-militant, who also enlisted his support for Governor Timipre Sylva and Senator Emmanuel Paulker for their contribution towards the development of the state, called on the people of the state to back their re-election.
Calling on the FG to fulfill the promise made by the former President, Umaru Musa Yar?Adua, on the increase of ex-militant leaders? allowances, Wilson noted that the late President had promised each ex-fighter a car and house to enable them to adjust to life outside the creeks.
He described the N65,000 allowance paid ex-militant leaders as grossly inadequate, saying, ?Government should also recognize that as leaders of former combatant groups, we have immense responsibilities to our followers and their families; responsibilities which we ably meet in order to maintain order and control our members.?