Publisher: University of Calabar

Amnesty Programme In Nigeria: Understanding Justice and Equity In The Niger Delta Region

Imongan Ernest Omokhoa
KEYWORDS: Amnesty, Equity, Ex-militant, Justice, Programme

ABSTRACT:

This paper seeks to examine the Nigeria amnesty programme within the context of understanding justice and equity in the Niger Delta Region of the country. Unarguably, this is because the region produces the bulk of mineral wealth of the nation. The study tends to look at the amnesty, a critical analysis of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), and the security interpretation of the Niger Delta crisis. More specifically, the use of secondary data is used for data collection and interpretation which is explanatory in nature. This study will also look at the conceptual clarification as regard the subject matter. The study seek to buttress the fact that the people of the region have long being exposed to socio-economic and ecological problems without little or no compensation that has led to neglect, environmental degradation and, infrastructural decay that brought social injustice without equitable wealth distribution available to all in the region. The study will further examine the exclusion of non Ijaw groups, reasons for dissatisfaction and the measures which justice and equity can be achieved. Therefore, as long as these problems remain unaddressed peace will continue to elude the region without any prejudice to the prospect of the amnesty programme.

This paper seeks to examine the Nigeria amnesty programme within the context of understanding justice and
equity in the Niger Delta Region of the country. Unarguably, this is because the region produces the bulk of
mineral wealth of the nation. The study tends to look at the amnesty, a critical analysis of the disarmament,
demobilization and reintegration (DDR), and the security interpretation of the Niger Delta crisis. More
specifically, the use of secondary data is used for data collection and interpretation which is explanatory in
nature. This study will also look at the conceptual clarification as regard the subject matter. The study seek to
buttress the fact that the people of the region have long being exposed to socio-economic and ecological
problems without little or no compensation that has led to neglect, environmental degradation and,
infrastructural decay that brought social injustice without equitable wealth distribution available to all in the
region. The study will further examine the exclusion of non Ijaw groups, reasons for dissatisfaction and the
measures which justice and equity can be achieved. Therefore, as long as these problems remain unaddressed
peace will continue to elude the region without any prejudice to the prospect of the amnesty programme.


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