Rev Jesse Jackson Supports Amnesty for Boko Haram
A onetime Democratic Presidential aspirant in the United States and Civil Rights activist Rev Jesse Jackson has thrown his weight behind the Federal Government amnesty programme offered to members of the Boko Haram sect by President Goodluck Jonathan, and described it as a deliberate action that could end insecurity in the country.
Rev. Jackson made this position known in a chat with newsmen at the weekend in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state argued that the amnesty offered by the President Goodluck Jonathan must be made to work and the conditions fully honored.
According to Jackson, though the offer of amnesty by President Goodluck Jonathan must be open and honoured, it must be implemented to include economic restitution and inclusion of destroyed Christian and Muslim structures in affected Northern Parts of the country.
He said, “The Amnesty must involve economic restitution, the jobs and the training. On the other hand, within the United States, when there was civil unrest, there was a kind of State of Emergency. But I hope the country will soon get back from the battle field and get to the negotiation table. In the end, it will be the bargaining table. It is not the battle field that wins victory. You cannot do battle forever.
“You can bargain and resolve the conflict in the North. That is why I believe so much in non-violence. Non-violence does not mean fear, but courage, thinking and it means the ability to figure it out and fight it out. You must have the ability to resolve conflict and not fight aggressively. It must not result into killing and being killed. You see, the United States was blessed five years ago when Barrack Obama became the President. America overcame, for the first time, a kind of tribalism. We choose a candidate whose values and vision transcended racial hidden agenda.
“We live our faith under the law. We need to have a strong bite of laws that will protect us against the violation of our democratic rights. And I can say to you that most of the struggle in the Niger Delta and the ones between Christians and Muslims in the North should be solved with fairer distribution of available resources. The amnesty being proposed in Nigeria, it is hoped, will have to include the rebuilding of Mosques and Churches destroyed by insurgents. It is a sign of goodwill that will promote coexistence. We must choose to coexist because we have to learn to stay apart and the insurgency have given us a harder lesson to live better and together”
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