“They are not ghosts”: Bola Tinubu backs Boko Haram amnesty

by Rachel Ogbu


In the case of granting amnesty to Boko Haram militants first suggested by the Sultan of Sokoto, former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Thursday openly supported the idea.

Tinubu, the National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria was in Kano to sympathize with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, over the attack on him and his convoy recently.

Insisting that members of Boko Haram were not ghosts as alleged by President Goodluck Jonathan, he explained that the amnesty must be based on justice, particularly for those with no blood stains on their hands.

“For the innocent ones among them, there must be amnesty. We cannot fight a war in our own country against minor crimes and minor people. We would only end up multiplying these people by trying to use force against our own citizens.

“I therefore disagree with the President; they are not ghosts.

“Are those people in prison ghosts? If they are, why are prison officials looking after them? Are JTF operatives fighting ghosts, do they possess magic power to see ghosts?” he said.

The Punch reports,

Tinubu said security challenges in the country could also be attributed to the duplication of ministries related to Police affairs, which could render the Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar, incapacitated in taking firm control of security in the country.

At the Emir’s palace, Tinubu condemned the attack on the royal father, describing it as unfortunate.

The Emir, thanked Tinubu for the visit, describing him as a visionary and purposeful leader in every aspect of life by showing good example to the ordinary people.


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