The Nigerian government is exploring various options to free the over 200 girls currently kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State and finally put an end to the terror reign of extreme Islamist group Boko Haram.
According to a report by Jaiyeola Andrews and Segun Awofadeji published in ThisDay, the government determined to explore various options that can rein in the increasingly destructive attacks on Nigerians by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, President Goodluck Jonathan has announced the offer of amnesty to members of the outlawed Islamic sect.
The offer may be patterned after the type offered the Niger Delta Militants who renounced violence, surrendered their arms and embraced dialogue; after which they were put through a de-militarisation process and non-violence training.
The scheme is presently running in batches supervised by the amnesty office Abuja.
But the Bauchi State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the president to rescind the decision, arguing that not only has the terrorists rejected all past entreaties for dialogue and reconciliation, the real reason why they are striking is because a southerner is in power.
President Jonathan, in his Democracy Day broadcast yesterday promised to “pursue all options” that could lead to the containment of the insurgency attacks on Nigeria, adding that his government is maintaining an open door policy on the matter.
The amnesty programme, which was announced by the Minister of Youth Development, Mr.BoniHaruna, in furtherance of the president’s speech yesterday, is said to have been one of the “reserved options” the federal government has considered in the various efforts to tackle the menace of the terror gang.
Haruna, a former governor of Adamawa State, one of the states affected by the reign of terror from the Boko Haram group, gave an overview of the youth's position in the Jonathan administration's transformation agenda at a special event titled “A day with young leaders of Nigeria.”
The event, which held at the International Conference Centre, in Abuja, was in commemoration of Democracy Day. According to the minister, various integration programmes had been mapped out for the dreaded sect members who surrender their arms and embrace peace.
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