Presidential Amnesty enrolls 200 ex-militants for sports
The Presidential Amnesty Programme on Wednesday enrolled 200 ex-militants from the Niger Delta for an all-inclusive sports competition.
The Coordinator of the amnesty programme, Paul Boroh, said this in a press conference in Abuja.
Boroh, who said the selection started three weeks ago, noted that the government had partnered the Sia One Academy and Connected Nigeria for the sports competition. The events are football, swimming, boxing, weightlifting and track events.
He said, “Our duty is to ensure that there is constant peace in the region. The people in the region also have to be included in the peace drive. But we are starting with 200 ex-agitators. The sports initiative is one of the efforts our programme is making to maintain peace in the region. The other efforts are quick impact projects.”
Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, said Nigeria should use sport as a tool for peace.
“Sport is the greatest unifying factor in Nigeria. In a couple of months, we hope to see a success of this programme,” he added.