Boko Haram: Pay compensation to victims before amnesty – Ikedife

BY VINCENT UJUMADU

AWKA —FORMER President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Anambra State, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to consider compensating the families that lost their loved ones to the attacks of violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, and the carnage the group carried out before granting amnesty to the sect.

Ikedife, who was the presidential liaison officer for Anambra State during the Second Republic, spoke at the inauguration of Anambra State chapter of Bilie Human Rights Initiative (BHRI) at Nnewi.

According to Ikedife, if granting amnesty to the Boko Haram Islamist sect will bring peace to Nigeria, it should be considered and the people who claim to be Boko Haram group must be identified and the carnage they have carried out equally evaluated.

His words: “If granting the Boko Haram group amnesty will bring peace to Nigeria, let us consider it.  But whom do you grant amnesty to? You must identify the persons and then evaluate the carnage they have carried out.

“Those people who lost their loved ones, husbands, wives, children must be compensated because they have lost souls for no reason or mistakes of their own except that they lived in the North.

“In this country, the constitution allows free living and free enterprise in any part of the country. Is it then an offence that these victims lived in the North? Why should you go and annihilate them, destroy their property and businesses? So compensation should come before amnesty.

“The second thing is to identify who they are. They appear to be faceless, but they must be some people, because the effect of their presence is visible everywhere. And then what are their objectives and what are they really fighting for?

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