Amnesty is ploy to defraud Nigeria

Apr 10, 2013 by

Rights activist Shehu Sani said yesterday that the amnesty for members of the Boko Haram insurgency is a ploy to defraud the government of billions of naira.

Sani, who led former President Olusegun Obasanjo to visit the members of the sect, told The Nation that the amnesty deal would backfire.

He alleged that Northern elders, who pressured the government into announcing amnesty for members of the sect, did so out of fear of being consumed by the violence.

He said: “The amnesty pronouncement by the government is an exercise in futility. It is more of a scam to defraud the Nigerian state of billions of naira. The amnesty announced by the government will not yield any positive result.

“First, it is ill-intentioned because you cannot just declare amnesty for members of Boko Haram and expect them to join the next available bus from their bases and drive down to Abuja waiting to see Jonathan. That is a wishful thinking.

“Before you have an amnesty, you need to have a credible committee of persons. It should not be just appointees of government, but a committee that will be recognized by the government and respected by the sect.

“The committee will be empowered to start off a mediation process by first extracting a commitment of ceasefire from the sect and a commitment from the government that all that is agreed to will be…Read More on The Nation