Boko Haram: Buhari under fire over amnesty offer


Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s amnesty offer to Boko Haram.

Mohammed said the move will not solve the problems of insurgency.

“I don’t believe the amnesty will stop anything because so far so good, we do not know how far the negotiations between the Federal Government and Boko Haram has gone”, he told Vanguard.

“Also, we do not know whether it is an honest negotiation that is ongoing or the one based on commercial purposes.

“If negotiations are ongoing and we do not know how far they have gone but we are hearing money is exchanging hands, then it is simply blackmail.

“I can say that at the end of the day, we will realize that FG had not been interfacing with the real leaders of Boko Haram and all the negotiations have been based on commercial purposes,” he added.

A Yoruba leader, Sen. Femi Okurounmu also condemned the decision.

He said: “The amnesty move is to call for Jihad and I can say that the herdsmen menace ravaging the country is not different from Boko Haram. Why should they give amnesty to terrorists?

“I think Nigerians should speak against this call because it is the same people they give amnesty to who will turn around and slaughter people within the country.”

Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, Austin Opara, said granting amnesty to Boko Haram can be likened to giving Bin Laden or Al-Qaeda amnesty.

He said: “I think this government is trying to mix criminality and terrorism side by side. Granting any amnesty to Boko Haram organisation is unfortunate.

“I hope this government is thinking about the unity of this country? This development is not only unfortunate but a sad development for this country.”


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