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Repentant Boko Haram insurgents: CAN, JNI disagree as Buhari offers amnesty

The Christian Association of Nigerialhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam, hav, the #BringBackOurGirls coalition and the Sultan of Sokoto, Ae disagreed over the amnesty promised to repentant Boko Haram insurgents by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President on Friday promised to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect who are ready to drop their arms and embrace peace.

….It is a welcome development –JNI

But while the JNI said the amnesty promised to repentant Boko Haram insurgents was a welcome development to the peace efforts of the government, CAN opposed the move.

The Secretary-General of the JNI, Dr. Abubakar Khalid-Aliyu, told one of our correspondents that it was a good development as long as it would guarantee peace in the country.

He, however, noted that the amnesty should only be granted to “those that show remorse,” adding that those granted amnesty should be monitored before being reintegrated into the society.

CAN, on the other hand, frowned on the move, describing it as a sign of “weakness on the part of the government.”

The media aide to the CAN President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, said, “Why grant amnesty to criminals who have killed many people? It shows weakness on the part of the government or sympathy for them as being speculated.

Punch, March 24, 2018


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