BY CHARLES KUMOLU
LAGOS—A NORTHERN-based human rights activist, Mr. Musa Reef has faulted the proposed amnesty for members of Boko Haram Islamic sect by the Federal Government, saying that unless the sect changed its ideological perception, the amnesty would fail.
He also said that for the amnesty to be effective, Islamic clerics from the region should tackle the issues involved.
Reef, who said this in a statement, condemned those who blaming President Goodluck Jonathan for the current insecurity in the country.
His words: ‘’The group is basically ideological and cannot be assuaged with any form of amnesty. In fact from the snippets of messages of treats issued by the group, dialogue with the government is an anathema. So, what group is the government offering amnesty to?”
Is the amnesty for criminals or pick pockets or politicians fighting to regain relevance? Who are the mediators for the amnesty?’’
He further said, ‘’Let it be stated without any form of equivocation that Boko Haram is not the same as the Niger Delta militants. Those who desperately attempt to draw similarities between the groups are ether missing the point or simply being mischievous.’’
Continuing, he said, ‘’For the amnesty to be relevant and effective, the North must recognise the fact that Boko Haram was a religious platform, and it is for the Islamic clerics of the region to look at the issues and tackle it. To state that Boko Haram insurgence is not a religious problem is deliberate falsehood.’’
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