Islamic group disagrees with Sultan on amnesty for Boko Haram

Boko Haram members

The youth do not want amnesty granted indiscriminately to all members of the Islamic fundamentalist sect.

A group of Muslim youth have taken a stance slightly different from the position of the President of National Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad, on granting amnesty to members of the Boko Haram.

Speaking to journalists on behalf of his organisation in Ibadan on Monday, the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation, Abdul Qaudir Abdul Rafi, said rather than granting open amnesty to members of the violent sect, the Federal Government should screen to see which member actually deserves the gesture.

“We believe that the Sultan had his reason for saying so and being a father in faith. The government should find a way of looking into the suggestion. If there is a group that should be given amnesty, the government should do so and if there is anyone among them that committed heinous crime, they should be made to face the course of justice,” he said.

Mr. Abdul Rafi expressed worry over the reported discovery of dreaded sect’s hideout in the Southwestern part of the country, saying his group would not support any act of violence from any sect against people who do not share their faith.

While intimating the press on the activities lined up to mark the association’s 41st annual convention entitled, “the challenge of Youth restiveness in a multicultural and multi-religious society”, the president of the Islamic youth organisation seized the occasion to commiserate with the families of the founder of the World Soul winning Evangelical Mission, Timothy Obadare, and the literary giant, Chinua Achebe, over the death of the two men.

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