The party believes that setting up the Amnesty Committee is the best decision at the moment.
The governing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has hailed the federal government’s decision to constitute an amnesty committee for the extremist group, Boko Haram, as a proof that President Goodluck Jonathan is a “great leader who listens to the wishes of Nigerians”.
The party said the panel, set up on Thursday, shows the “humility and commitment” of the president to carry all Nigerians along in all his actions in line with the tenets of democracy.”
“The President has shown that he is indeed a listening leader and that the unity of the country is paramount to him in line with the vision of the founding fathers of our nation,” a statement released by the party on Friday, said.
Spokesperson for the party, Olisa Metuh, who signed the release, said Mr. Jonathan’s action is yet another demonstration of the president’s “sincerity and forthrightness” in handling national issues.
The government panel is to consider the feasibility or otherwise, of granting amnesty to members of the violent sect, responsible for more than a thousand deaths, and will collate calls from various interest groups rooting for clemency for the extremists.
The panel is to work within two weeks, and will also recommend the modalities for granting amnesty, if necessary.
The decision, coming after multiple meetings with northern groups, military and other security brass, has received a cautious welcome from some Nigerians.
The ruling party said it believed the initiative of the president in setting up the amnesty committee is the best decision at the moment, and that the it is optimistic the drive will yield the desired results for the general good and restore the unity of our nation.
“We assure Nigerians that the PDP remains resolute in the commitment to restoring peace in the country, especially in the north, and to return the region to its lost glory as the hub of unity, investment and trade in the country and the West African sub-region,” the party said.
“It is on record that the north is the most receptive region in the country. Indeed, there is no part of the country that is more accommodating than the North which has always been home for all people, irrespective of religious creed and tribal affiliations.”
The party called on the leaders of the north to take advantage of the initiative and pursue peace to enable the troubled region return to its lost glory.
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