Northern Govs Laud Jonathan’s Amnesty Offer, Urge Boko Haram To Embrace Peace
The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) on Friday commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect.
The president had in his Democracy Day nationwide broadcast reiterated his administration’s resolve to de-radicalise, rehabilitate and fully re-integrate members of the sect, who genuinely lay down their arms and embrace dialogue, which was still open.
In response to this statement by President Jonathan, the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, also called on Boko Haram to embrace peace.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Israel A. Ebije, Gov. Aliyu said the amnesty is a welcome idea.
He assured that governors from the region are ready to cooperate with the federal government to address the insurgents’ grievances, adding that steps would be taken to ensure that they are usefully re-integrated into the society.
Describing the president’s gesture as laudable, Aliyu noted that the amnesty would help restore peace and harmony in troubled areas of the country.
The NSGF chairman, therefore, insisted that until members of the sect lay down their arms, development and growth of the region will only be a mirage.
Gov. Aliyu lamented that insecurity has increased fear, encouraged suspicion and put national development in the reverse gear, adding that the essence of nationhood can only be revived when lasting peace, reconciliation and political harmony is propagated and sustained.