“Bow and go” – Senate tells Sylva after disclosing he founded Amnesty Programme

By Our Correspondent

One of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees, Chief Timipre Sylva on Thursday, July 25 disclosed that he was the one who initiated Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants.

Sylva, a former Governor of Bayelsa State, said that after founding the Amnesty Programme, he “sold” it to the then Federal Government of late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua.

He made the disclosure during his confirmation hearing on the floor of the Senate.

According to him: “I initiated the Amnesty Programme in 2007, which I sold to the then President and after the programme was established; it moved up our earning in the oil sector.”

Sylva also informed the lawmakers that he was a former member of his state House of Assembly.

Following this, the Senate did not quiz him, but told him to “take a bow and go”.