President Jonathan Visits Borno and Yobe States, Says No Amnesty for Boko Haram
President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the call of amnesty for Boko Haram militants, saying his administration would not grant members of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram amnesty until such a time the group comes out in the public to dialogue with the federal government.
Jonathan said this at a town hall meeting in Damaturu as part of activities earmarked for his state visit to Yobe and Borno State, adding that you do not grant amnesty to people you don’t know.
It will be recalled that the Sultan of Sokoto had on Tuesday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to grant members of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram , “total and unconditional amnesty” for the sake of peace in the country.
Sultan Abubakar argued that a presidential amnesty to even one member of the sect, could make others to lay down their arms for peace to reign in the nation.
Mr. Jonathan is expected to leave Yobe later tonight for Maiduguri where he is expected to continue the presidential tour tomorrow.
He earlier arrived Maiduguri on a presidential jet, met briefly with the governor of Borno and then flew on a helicopter to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
The two northern Nigerian states have been under sustained attacks from Islamist militants, Boko Haram, a group that has vowed to force the Nigerian government to adopt Islamic law.
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