The cardinal advised the Nigerian president to toe the line of justice.
The Emeritus Archbishop of Lagos Archdiocese, Anthony Okogie, has said the Federal Government should “toe the line of justice” solution to the security crisis in the country.
This is contained in a statement signed by Monsignor Gabriel Osu, the Director of Social Communication, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
The statement also advised the Federal Government to be cautious in granting amnesty to “a faceless group’’.
“I am not against considering amnesty if the situation warrants it. But as it is, on what basis are we calling for amnesty for the Boko Haram? I have continued to ask this question: who are the members of this sect who thrive on human blood? Are they truly Nigerians?
“What exactly do they want? Why don’t they make themselves available for discussion with representatives of the Federal Government,’’ the statement quoted Mr. Okogie as asking.
“Even the Bible recommends dialogue as a way out of disputes. Granting amnesty to a faceless group that consistently fails to dialogue with you is a mockery.
“How do we compensate all those who have lost their loved ones in the over two years of carnage? These are issues we need to address,” it further quoted him as asking.
The statement expressed sympathy with the families of those who have lost their loved ones due to terrorists’ activities.
It prayed that God would grant the president the divine wisdom and boldness to address, decisively, the enormous security challenges in the country.