Northern traditional rulers back amnesty for Boko Haram

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The traditional rulers released a communiqué at the end of their meeting in Sokoto.

The Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council has appealed to federal government to reconsider its stand and grant amnesty to insurgents who embraced peace, reformation and reintegration.

The appeal is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the council’s meeting in Sokoto on Friday.

According to the monarchs , “this is the norm the world over and there exists a precedent in Nigeria.”

“The unfortunate escalation of the insecurity in the country calls for decisive action by the government in order to contain it .

“The meeting also called on the Federal Government to consider dialogue as the better option in resolving the crises,” the communiqué read.

President Goodluck Jonathan had ruled out the immediate possibility of granting amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents who have claimed responsibility and have been blamed for thousands killed in various attacks in Northern Nigeria. The president, during his last visit to Borno and Yobe, explained that the insurgents must be ready to lay down their arms and make clear their demands before the government would dialogue with them or consider granting them amnesty.

The call by the traditional rulers comes after similar calls by the Sultan of Sokoto and the Jamatu Nasri Islam, the coalition of Northern Nigerian Muslims.

Not targeted at non-Muslims

The traditional rulers also said that the insurgency was not targeted at non-Muslims as majority of the victims were Muslims.

“Attempts on the lives of their Royal Highnesses , the Shehu of Borno , the Emir of Kano and the Emir of Fika and the killing of a number of Muslim scholars are testimonies to this fact,” they said. “The meeting noted with deep concern that the majority of the victims of the various crises are the ordinary citizens.”

Similarly ,the traditional rulers noted with concern the deteriorating rate of unemployment and its tendency to provide militants a potent source of recruits .

They called on all governments to take necessary, positive and tangible steps to create jobs as well as fight poverty in all its ramifications.

“As part of the strategies to fight poverty in addressing the current and potential security and other challenges, the meeting calls for systematic review of the nation’s education system to make its products more skilful, productive , self-reliant and better prepared for life challenges,” the leaders said.

They also called on Nigerians to engage in fervent prayers for God to intervene and relieve Nigeria of the current problems . They called on Nigerians to repent and change their bad habits and practices with good ones.

The traditional rulers also reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work with governments at all levels to entrench peace, security, progress and prosperity.

The meeting reiterated the need for the government and leadership at all levels to have the fear of God , be fair , just and eschew corruption in all its ramifications .

“The meeting condoles and commiserates with the families of all those who lost their lives and or property as a result of the prevailing security crises .

“In order to further cement the bond of friendship and understanding , the meeting resolved to rotate its meetings among the northern states on a quarterly basis ,’’ the communiqué said.

The meeting held for the first time outside the traditional seat, Kaduna, and was attended by the chairmen of the states’ councils of Emirs and chiefs or their representatives.



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  • Nalado

    God you know what they mean, and you are the only one that understand their language, answer them in your silent voice. Their conscience, if they have will judge them. They killed, they maimed, they destroyed, yet respected elders want them settled? KAI!!!!!!!!. MALAIKUN ALLAH KU SHARANTA WANNAN AL’AMIRI

    • Afam

      You just said it all,may GOD continue to give this wisdom…They have killed,they want the same treatment just as Niger delta militants,they want ministry of North affairs and amnesty program But in heaven will judge those animals in human flesh.

      • Northern traditional rulers back amnesty for Boko Haram. this the time for nigerians to go for national amnesty .no job, no road,no light, no good school me all nigerians need amnesty so let us have national dialogue.lots of nigerian need amnesty.

  • Easy

    “The president, during his last visit to Borno and Yobe, explained that the insurgents must be ready to lay down their arms and make clear their demands before the government would dialogue with them or consider granting them amnesty.” What in this quote is unreasonable to the traditional rulers? Even they themselves seem to acknowledge the need for dialogue. But how can you have a dialogue with an unwilling party? Their communiqué is a re-enforcement of the stance of the government.

  • Dan maikoko

    “The Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council has appealed to federal government to reconsider its stand and grant amnesty to insurgents who embraced peace, reformation and reintegration.”
    The first sentence is the key sentence in this discourse, yet comments here are mostly ignorant and shows a bias towards this emirs. please people read.

  • The real backers of boko haram are out–no traditional ruler went to abuja from the SS to plead with Yara Adua to grant amnesty to the militants–the traditional rulers first of all reached out to the militants-Jonathan visited them in the creeks-and spoke to their leaders–who are the leaders of boko haram–have they stopped the killings–in the north-are the murders not ongoing–where are the members of boko haram who killed international civil servants–its because they know buhari will again lose the elections in 2015-that is why they want amnesty for all the killings that took place in Jos-time to split is now-we are just wasting time-with each other–they own over 85 percent of the oil wells-how many do we own in the SS–are these not the people who swore to make the country ungovernable–for GEJ? Over 80 percent of the traditional rulers are fulanis–every state in the north has a fulani emir–Ours were tried and jailed-the first amnesty to be granted to Maitasine, was what led to the establishment of Normadic education centres which has been gulping billions–yet we dont have schools in our fishing ports for the oil bearing communities–when we fight for our rights in the niger delta others with little or no oil pollution problem also join –NNDC is a good example-while our boys are being killed in d creeks–they enjoy our resources quietly–not a single northern governor was jailed by ribadu-now they want amnesty-let us break up–enough is enough

    • Dan maikoko

      Sorry Deri, you have a buffoon for a leader, there is no hope he can split the country even if he were to be sober for a year. Just finish your term and let orthers take over, Buhari or no Buhari Gej will only get the SS votes. Nigerians are tired!

  • 1116141

    What is the Agenda of boko Haram that you want to give them amnesty ?

  • BlackieUmukoro

    That is the norm all over the world and there is a precedent in Nigeria, the northern elders claim, in their blind clamour for amnesty ,for their murdering and marauding boko haram gang. Two different countries were almagamated in 1914 (South and North protectorate) by fiat without honest consultations. It is was their colonial masters dream that they will lord it over southern nigeria for eternity, but the tables turned, and things are no longer at ease. It shall remain so until we go our separate ways or have equal number of States/Local govt councils in the north and south. It is time to call off their bluff, we have been cheated for so long and it cannot be business as usual. EEnough is enough and if we knew better then, the civil war would have long settled this nonsense called Nigeria

  • justice

    It is so sad and disheartening to note that this so called northern elders and elites are demanding “amnesty” for their hired muslim killers while totally ignoring the plight of the christian igbos who bear the brunt of this heinous crime. This more than anything shows that there is no country called Nigeria, just a collection of different nations. Its about time we put a stop to this madness and go our separate ways. Most sad is the deafening silence from Igbo lneaders and people over the suffering and pain of their people. Why no one from them is demanding compensation for those killed and maimed is beyond belief. While the muslim north mobilise for amnesty with blatant distorting of truths and facts of the ethnic cleansing going on. Is self political relevance now most important to these Igbo leaders than the survival and welfare of their people? Please someone help me cos am totally shocked with the silence of the Ndigbo nation.