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Amnesty: Jonathan Sets Up Committee On Boko Haram

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jonathan-bokoAfter several months of foot dragging and buck passing between the Presidency and stakeholders in the north on the emergence of Boko Haram and the possibility of granting amnesty to its members, the Federal government, yesterday, took a decisive step towards granting members of the sect amnesty as it set up a committee to look at the feasibility or otherwise of the programme.

The committee has as its terms of reference:

*To consider the feasibility or otherwise of granting pardon to the Boko Haram adherents,

*Collate clamours arising from different interest groups who want the apex government to administer clemency on members of the religious sect; and

*To recommend modalities for the granting of the pardon, should such step become the logical one to take under the prevailing circumstance.

A senior security official who was privy to the meeting of the National Security Council yesterday, said that the President set up an in-house committee with a two-week deadline to consider the clamour for amnesty for Boko Haram members and consider its feasibility or otherwise.

The source said: “If the committee, which will work hand in hand with the National Security Adviser (NSA) decides that amnesty would be workable, it will then outline modalities for implementing it’. He added that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the President never said there would be no amnesty at all but that he would do so if people come forward to identify themselves for discussion and negotiations.

“It is a complex situation, but government has obligation to respect public opinion, especially with increasing clamour for the amnesty from various quarters”, he added.

Under the proposed plan, the Federal Government is to set up an Amnesty Commission, which would serve as a quasi-judicial body, to register and cater for repentant members of the sect and protect them from being harassed or intimidated by security agents.

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  1. Oke Olubunmi

    April 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    If granting of Amnesty to Bobo Haram is going to work by the Presidency, den Nigerians should be ready to separate in a long run… For God sake granting of Amnesty to this Sect of Terrorist dat av wasted innocent life and property. Igbo Menace av done theirs successfully, and now d Hausas Sect again, if amnesty is considered for Boko Haram at d end, den d Yorubas will form their own Sect if Terrorists in other to av Amnesty also. Thank u.

  2. dare

    April 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    everybody should jst stop working nd start killing 2 get amnesty 4rm government. If dats d only way 2 get cheap money 4rm d fedral govt den she shld be ready 2 c more deadly group dan boko haram. As 4 d big wide mouthed tinubu dat has been selling d yorubas 2 d hausas, he shld be askd if dere are no poor people in d south west dat needs amnesty aswel, dat he can fight 4 d way he is doing 4 his hausa muslim brodas. Tinubu shld no dat d tym wil cme if 9ja remains dat d jobles nd poverty stricken yorubas wil come afta him nd wil mke d whole place hot 4 him 2 enjoy al d money he has lootd 4rm dem.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

Governor Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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