Pan-Yoruba group rejects amnesty for Boko Haram

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG,says Boko Haram should not be given amnesty.

A Yoruba group, Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, has called for the convening of a National Conference as a lasting solution to the threats posed by the militia group, Boko Haram.

The group canvassed this position during a media chat in Lagos on Monday.

While rejecting the call by some people to grant amnesty to the insurgents, ARG said amnesty is “another attempt to create an opportunity for anarchists” and will “further postpone the evil days.”

“Considering the structural deficiency of the country, it is not likely that we would see an end to the use of Amnesty. Therefore, in line with our constant agitation for the imperative of restructuring this multi-ethnic, multi-religion and multi-faceted country, it is our view that there is no better time than now to convene a National Conference that would finally resolve the Nationality Question that constantly and continuously pushes this country to the precipice,” it stated.

The group, which says it emulates the principles of the late Yoruba leader, Obafemi Awolowo, in proferring solutions bedevilling the country, also condemned the recent pardon granted former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, by President Goodluck Jonathan describing it as a “blatant display of deficit in ethical-based governance.”

It said the pardon is an indication of the “scale of impunity and flagrant disregard for the laws of the land and every sense of propriety and good order.”

The group said the level of corruption and profligacy in the Nigeria has reached mind boggling proportion.

The group, which took a swipe at the administration of Mr. Jonathan for what it described as the marginalisation of the Yorubas on “the issue of lopsided recruitment and promotion in the public service,” berated the former Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmadu Ali, for allegedly insulting Yoruba people.

It said it is in the nature of Mr. Ali to “constantly (act) against the interests of Nigerians, including of course his own Igala people.”

It was recently reported in the media that Mr. Ali described the Yoruba people as ungrateful for not giving enough recognition to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

ARG says it is distinct from the old Afenifere in that it “projects a uniquely vibrant identity, a clearly distinctly defined mission and philosophical stance that are carved in progressive and developmental independence of thoughts and actions that are informed by engrained Omoluabi values.”


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