Ex-Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, backs amnesty for Boko Haram

Ex-Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar

By Edwin Nwachukwu

Nigeria’s former Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar,  on Thursday joined other Nigerians to seek amnesty for members of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

“Anything that can bring peace in the country to the people needs to be studied and to see the merit and demerit of such an action.

“Yes there are a lot of people for and against Boko Haram; we should situate our position to the people who are getting the blunt of all these activities.

“People are made homeless; they are made orphans; they are widows; so if amnesty to this people will bring peace and bring succour to our country, why not,” Abubakar said.

He spoke with the North America Correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the African Union secretariat in New York.

It was at an event where the AU High Level implementation Panel (AUHIP) on Sudan and South Sudan briefed envoys within the continent on the progress made by the panel.

Since 2009, series of attacks by Boko Haram has left hundreds of people dead and several property destroyed.

On the democratic institution, the former military leader appealed to politicians in the country to be more broad-minded and to be truthful and provide services to the nation.

“The problem we are having right now is the problem of development, but it is very sad it’s happening.

“But I believed this is an issue that we can overcome if all Nigerians unite to ensure that we fight this cankerworm that is bedevilling our country,’’ Mr. Abubakar noted.

According to him, there is no country in the world that has not got any problem the way it plays its democracy. It is a matter of learning and doing the right thing.

“What is Democracy? Democracy is government of the people for the people by the people and in the process there are pitfalls here and there,’’ he noted.

Commenting on the African Union High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan, Abubakar said the panel’s assignment was essentially to intervene and bring peace between the two countries of Sudan.

“It is in this context that we came to interact with the UN Security Council and in the process we met with the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and discussed the way forward for Sudan.

“The two Sudan have signed about nine agreements and they are being implemented. The most important one is the resumption of the production of oil through the Northern Sudan, he said.

He also hailed the security arrangement whereby the two Sudan had withdrawn their forces from the zero line to their own part of the country. (NAN)



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  • 77Akemini

    When good men have joined issues………….water don pass garri

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      good men ke. this man is part of oil subsidy scam. ever heard of Maizube oil.

      • Abubakar Sokoto

        oh yes I heard of Maizube oil just as I heard of the other one owned by the convict and criminal and who is also the mentor of President Jonathan- Dan Etete Malabu Oil-one of the major corrupt scandals in the oil industry. yes I heard of the two-however I do not know if President Jonathan is considering giving pardon to another of his convicted and criminal- mentor-Oil criminal -Dan Etete. I really do not know. Do you know if our president is considering this mpitikwelu since you are close to the presidency?

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          all I am saying is that a common thief like Abdulsalam, shouldn’t pontificate for us.

  • Innocent

    The core of Boko Haram’s terrorism is a religious belief. If granted amnesty, what will the government do with their Islamic beliefs

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    WAIT. If we grant amnesty to. We will be saying to Boko Haram we understand your point that this should be an Islamic country governed by sharia, so lets negotiate.

  • Northern muslim A-HO-L-E…

  • The Vulture – King of Offals

    Amnesty to whom? Ghosts?

    The point is – there is probably one or two people behind the Boko Haram Menace – recruiting impressionable POOR/UNINFORMED youngsters to carry out the dastardly acts .

    Rather grant amnesty alone – the Govt should also reach out to the various Islamic clerics in the North. The main cause of the Boko Haram menace is the fiery rhetoric of dominance of non Islamic adherent by most of these clerics. If they can be reached out and made to reason to tone down the comments, that would go a long way in getting out of this logjam.

    Another thing, the Boko Haram members are not ghosts or spirits – the Govt needs to come up with some form of incentive/reward for anybody with any actionable piece of information on the members – even possibly, relocating the informants to other parts of the Country or even Ghana as a way of preventing any reprisal attack so as not to ask other would be informants from coming forward.

    The real problem is that we have a leader bereft of ideas and hiding under the guise of a non existent GOD coming down from heaven to save us. I am still waiting for GOD to “walk” down from “Heaven” to save us

  • Taster

    When leaders that should better, speaking the way our general ABU is speaking – I see no reason this country will progress.

    R.I.P naija

  • Comfortkay

    Ex- General Abulsalami the reason why Nigeria is constantly in darkness is because of Ex Armied forces that are politician today.
    May I remind our General that Boko Haram insurgency has portrayed our country Nigeria to the world to be an unsafe destination for tourists, business people and INVESTORS, we have 85% gradute in this country without jobs and the General wants Amnesty, please General enjoy your Pension and money.