CAN, JNI Disagree As Buhari’s Offers Amnesty To Repentant Boko Haram
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN and the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, have disagreed over the plan of President Muhammadu Buhari to grant amnesty to repentant Boko Haram insurgents.
President Buhari had said on Friday that his government would be ready to offer amnesty to members of the terrorist group who are ready to drop their arms for peace to reign in the country.
He said that while the government is making frantic effort to stop bloodshed across the country, it will not mind granting amnesty to repentant Boko Haram.
The JNI led by Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll has since thrown its weight behind the government to offer the amnesty but the Christian body rejected such move.
According to the Secretary-General of the JNI, Dr Abubakar Khalid-Aliyu said that the amnesty is a welcome development and a step in the right direction by the government.
But to CAN, granting amnesty to Boko Haram terrorists is a sign of weakness on the part of the government and great injustice to Nigerians whose loved ones had been killed.
The media aide to the CAN President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, said it is wrong to grant amnesty to criminals in the guise of creating peace.
“It only shows that the government is weak to cut the terrorists into size,” he said.