The Presidential Amnesty Programme of the Buhari administration has recorded successes in maintaining peace, security and stability in the Niger Delta region.
The Amnesty Programme remains one of the cardinal points of the Buhari administration’s Niger Delta New Vision to bring succour to the people of Niger Delta and eliminate youth’s restiveness. The programme has continued to engage ex-militants and youths from the impacted communities in formal education, vocational skills acquisition and empowerment schemes.
On Tuesday, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the new coordinator of the Amnesty Programme. Prof. Dokubo replaces Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd).
Boroh, who also doubled as the Senior Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, was sacked by President Buhari on Tuesday. This was confirmed in a statement signed by President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Here are some facts about the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme; Prof. Charles Dokubo.
1. Prof Dokubo specializes in nuclear proliferation, conflict resolution and other areas related to strategic analysis.
2. He was born in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government of Rivers state on the 23rd of March, 1952. He had his early years in Abonnema where he acquired his primary and secondary education.
3. He then proceeded to the United Kingdom, to obtain his ‘A’ Levels from Huddersfield Technical College in West Yorkshire.
4. Prof. Dokubo also studied at the University of Teeside at Middlesbrough, UK, where he was awarded with a B. A. (Hons) in Modern History and Politics.
5. He holds a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies and a PhD in Strategic Studies from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, where he also lectured before returning to Nigeria in 1993.
6. Prof. Dokubo was a member of the technical assistant team of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) to the 1997 elections in Liberia, where he supervised voters’ registration.
7. He has been a member of several inter-ministerial committees in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and helped in the policy making process on AFRICOM and the Gulf of Guinea.
8. Prof. Dokubo has authored and edited several scholarly books and journal articles including; the Nigerian Air Force in a Changing Security Environment (2008). His recent publication is the Defence Policy of Nigeria: Capability and Contest.
9. Prior to his appointment as the new coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Prof. Dokubo was Director of Research and Studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs where he has worked since August, 1994.