Boko Haram: Arewa Consultative Forum reacts to Buhari’s amnesty offer

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Northern socio-political group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to grant unconditional amnesty to repentant Boko Haram members.

National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Biu, told reporters on Saturday evening that nothing was wrong with the decision.

According to the ACF, such measure was adopted by the previous government to curb the restiveness in the Niger Delta region.

The ACF said, “The offer of unconditional amnesty by the Federal Government to Boko Haram terrorists or any other groups who surrender their arms, denounce their militancy and then pledge their loyalty to the government is a welcome development, considering the insecurity posed by insurgency in the last nine years.

“It will be recalled that the Biafran rebels and Niger Delta militants, who denounced their rebellion and militancy against the state, were not only granted amnesty but also empowered with skills and re-integrated into society to contribute to its socio-economic development.

“The ACF, therefore, urges the insurgents and other militia groups to lay down their arms and embrace the Federal Government’s offer of amnesty as the only means to peaceful coexistence and development.

“This will also pave the way for Nigeria to pursue order, justice, liberty, peace and prosperity for all.”​



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