Nigeria’s presidential advisor on the Niger Delta and the main figure in the implementation of an amnesty for ex-militants in the oil-rich region has resigned from the job, an official statement said on Thursday.
“…Timi Alaibe had informed the president in a letter that he will be resigning his appointment with effect from tomorrow to contest for the governorship of Bayelsa State in the 2011 general elections,” the presidency statement said.
Alaibe, oversaw the implementation of the amnesty, under which more than 20,000 oil militants surrendered their arms in exchange for development of their region and a retraining programme.
The amnesty has brought relative peace to the troubled region and boosted the production of oil.
President Goodluck Jonathan accepted the resignation of Alaibe, an accountant and ex-banker, who hails from Bayelsa, the president’s home state, the statement said.