Amnesty Panel For Boko Haram Approved By President Jonathan

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April 5, 2013 – Amnesty Panel For Boko Haram Approved By President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday approved the setting up of a committee to consider the issue of granting amnesty to members of Boko Haram and other insurgent groups in the northern part of the country, according to a competent Presidency source. The decision was reached at a three-hour meeting of the National Security and Defence Council presided over by the president at the State House.

The Boko Haram insurgency has led to the deaths of over 3,000 people, since 2009.

The committee was given two weeks to submit its report, the News Agency of Nigeria reported, quoting sources.

According to the source, the president summoned the emergency security meeting in response to calls on the government by various interest groups to grant amnesty to the insurgent Boko Haram sect.

Jonathan has come under intense pressure over the issue, with politicians from the country’s violence-torn north as well as Nigeria’s highest Muslim spiritual figure, the Sultan of Sokoto, calling for an amnesty deal.

The source said that the committee would consider the possibility of an amnesty for the members of the sect and outline the modalities for implementing it.

“It is a complex situation, but government has obligation to respect public opinion, especially with the increasing clamour for amnesty from various quarters,” the source said.

Such government panels have previously led to little or no action in Nigeria, with their reports often quickly cast aside.

The call for amnesty became a national discourse after the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, urged the government to grant amnesty to Boko Haram as a way resolving the security crisis facing the country.

The source stressed that the president never foreclosed amnesty for Boko Haram but said that the option could be considered if members of the group came out for dialogue.

The Minister of State for Defence, Mrs Olusola Obada, had in a brief interview with State House correspondents given an insight into what was discussed at the meeting.

“The meeting is on the spate of insecurity, I mean what we can do to ensure that it is brought to absolute minimum,” she said.

When asked whether the issue of amnesty was discussed, the minister said: “Some issues to ameliorate the situation; some issues were discussed”.

Present at the meeting were The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Ibrahim, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Barde.

Also at the meeting were the Minister of Police Affairs, retired Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki , and the Director-General of SSS, Mr Ita Ekpeyong.

Violence linked to Islamist extremist group Boko Haram’s insurgency has left some 3,000 people dead in northern and central Nigeria since 2009, including killings by the security forces.

The group also claimed the February 19 kidnapping of a French family of seven over the border in Cameroon. Their whereabouts remain unknown.

Boko Haram has claimed to be fighting for an Islamic state in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer.

Its demands have however repeatedly shifted and it is believed to include various factions in addition to imitators.

Nigeria offered an amnesty to militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta region in the south in 2009 credited with greatly reducing unrest there, though oil theft has since flourished.

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13 thoughts on “Amnesty Panel For Boko Haram Approved By President Jonathan

  1. We dont need Boko Harm, Ritualits,Robbers,Kidnapping ,Corruption,Oiltheift.
    What we need is full peace where foreginer will come to invest,our children oversea will bring all the good they have to do good things at home, for some jobless nigeria to get work for living.creat jobs, good road,light 24 o 7 and clear this corruption,during the army nigeria was not bad like nigeria today with so call demmoc….. i think is not good for us or it didnt work for us,we should go back to army,if this kind of leadership is not working,cos i have never see this during army time.

    • Ralph remember that if someone did something bad to you and he did not come to you for forgiveness and neither did you forgive him, he will still go on with his life but you the victim will continuou to suffer because he hurt you and refused to ask for your pardon. So if granting amnesty to this demonic group will end the killings in the north, then let’s allow Mr. president to go ahead with it and pray to God almighty for it to work please.

  2. What is Nigeria turning into?? A place where people go into crime with full assurance dat sooner or later dey will b granted AMNESTY!!!!!! I don’t know hw people look @ it but as for me I think dis amnesty move will not proffer a lasting solution instead a temporal one, am not a pessimist but with dis move I see a nigeria where youths will b ready to indulge in crime becoz dey know dat amnesty will b given to dem, GEJ wise up, don’t let d pressure mounted on Ɣσu by d Sultan and d northern elite mislead Ɣσu , how many times hav d Sultan, Buhari et all come out to publicly condemn d activities of BH??? Too bad for my father land!!!!!

  3. THIS IS ALL RUBISH, THE KIDNAPPING IN DELTA IS NOT THE SAME IN THE NORTH, THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THIER RIGHTS AFTER YOU STOLE FROM THEM AND STILL MALTREAT THEM ALSO YOU MAKE THEIR LAND UNLESS. THE BOKO HARAM ARE JUST UN RELIGIOUS FUCKING POEPLE KILLING INNOCENT POEPLE IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THEY ARE JUST SET OF BACKWARDNESS POEPLE, I THINK THEIR ALLAH WILL NOT FORGIVE THEM, IF HE HIS A GOD NOT DEVIL,WHO ARE YOU TO FIHGT FOR ALLAH WHO GREAT YOU, HE CAN FINISH THE WHOLE WORLD IN SECONDS,BUT YOU ORDINARY MAN OF KNOW KNOWLEDGE, DEVILISH, INSANE,GREEDS,HYPOCRATES .YOU ARE JUST COPING THE ARAB’S CULTURE. WHO ARE TO FIGHT FOR GOD.””” JONATHAN IS NOT THE MAN FOR NIGERIA; HE HIS FINDING IS WAY FOR THE NEXT ELECTION SO THAT HE WILL GET SURPORT FROM THE NORTH,THAT IS WHY IS GRANTING CRIMINALS AMNESTY,

  4. If granting of amnesty 2 d islamic sect Boko Haram wil solve d problem of insurgency in Nigeria gud,bt if d oda way round pls mr president stop 4 nw. Boko Haram has caused many damages 2 dis country,bombing,maiming,kidnapping,many lives has bin lost in d process. Pls mr president our youths r unemployed,no gud road,no portable water,no gud hospital, infact ur administration has nt done anytin at all, d worse administration eva experience since i was born. Wat am saying mr gudluck grant job opportunities 2 our youths & oda basic needs of man so dat kidnapping,corruption & d oda social vices wil reduce. Ur name is gudluck & nt badluck, i rest ma case!

  5. If granting of amnesty 2 d islamic sect Boko Haram wil solve d problem of insurgency in Nigeria gud,bt if d oda way round pls mr president stop 4 nw. Boko Haram has caused many damages 2 dis country,bombing,maiming,kidnapping,many lives has bin lost in d process. Pls mr president our youths r unemployed,no gud road,no portable water,no gud hospital, infact ur administration has done notin at all, d worse administration eva experience since i was born. Wat am saying mr gudluck grant job opportunities 2 our youths & oda basic needs of man so dat kidnapping,corruption & d oda social vices wil reduce. Ur name is gudluck & nt badluck, i rest ma case!

  6. Where are we going? Giving armnesty can stop boko harram? If it works anoda group will come out. Let them come out and sign agreement wit govt. If not, for instance, if armnesty is given and stiil killing who nigeria will hold responsible?

  7. If FG have finally decided to offer amnesty to Boko Haram who are bent on eliminating Christianity in the northern region,they should also consider giving amnesty to the kidnappers in the South-East region.What is good for the gander is also good for the goose.Since they have decided to dance ‘Kpakpankoro’, the dance of the spirit.

  8. let us see those who are asking for amnesty becos. during millitant days there were humans that came up to ask for it while now that we are trying to grant or negotiate with known spirits that are operating in human form and whose interests are not known or do we want to grant amnesty to sultan of sokoto? let us know these spirits so that we know what they want.

  9. Yes my brother! Cooking spice for the gander is also cooking spice for the goose. Think twice Mr President and be ready to grant Amnesty to south south, or else

  10. Ok. Lets watch and see what hapens in dis country. If bokojharam gets dia amnesty,i swear Nigeria govt will continue d policy of amnestization till thy kingdom coms oo coz i me i will com up with my own sect ooo. Enhee me i don talk finish

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