Emmanuel Addeh in Yenagoa
Parents of 43 Niger Delta students studying under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (special programme) in the United States have asked the federal government to intervene and save the education of their children.
In a joint statement yesterday signed by Mr. Kingsley Feboke, the parents noted that the children enrolled in universities in America through the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Special Scholarship, have been abandoned.
The programme, a window created by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for youths in the area, it was learnt, was meant for Crisis Impacted Communities in the region.
They raised the alarm that their children had been abandoned in the US and were being treated as prisoners of war.
The parents alleged that the amnesty office’s failure to pay the tuition fees, accommodation, books and allowances of the students had almost resulted in throwing the children to the streets of America.
The parents urged President Muhammadu Buhari to save their children from the looming danger which might destroy the career of the children and the essence of the amnesty programme.
“We respectfully and passionately solicit that you (President Muhammadu Buhari) save our children from the terrible devastation and looming danger which may eventually destroy our dear children and disrupt the essence of the Amnesty Programme, which we believe is serving the best interest of Nigeria, the African continent and the world at large.
“Help us to save them from this feeling of abandonment, hunger, depression and anxiety which will negatively affect their well-being and may in future affect our dear nation, as they and all other youths are the hope and leaders of tomorrow.
“We strongly believe in the ability of this administration to put smile on the faces of our children who are citizens of this great nation,” the statement noted.