Dickson’s aide faults planned amnesty for Boko Haram

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa — Special Adviser to Bayelsa State Governor on Political Matters, Chief Fred Agbedi, has faulted the planned amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect.

Agbedi argued, in Yenagoa, that amnesty cannot be given to faceless groups, who are not prepared to sheathe their swords.

He said it was the responsibility of all to help defeat the Boko Haram scourge, which had led to total break down of law and order in some parts of the country.

He said: “I don’t believe that they have the right to amnesty because as far as I am concerned, amnesty is not a thing you just give out to somebody who decides on his volition to destroy lives and property.”

“They burn down primary schools, kill poor innocent teachers and pupils or go to a beer parlour and find people who are drinking burukutu, people who are not drinking expensive wine and spirit, which shows their poor status, and dropped bomb on them.

“These are people who are already in pains from the economic situation of the country.

“I don’t know the kind of amnesty that people are saying that should be given to Boko Haram.

“They have no right to ask for amnesty because who do they want the amnesty for and for what reason? Probably because amnesty was given to Niger Delta agitators, who were agitating for a better deal.”

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