During the ceremony to receive 107 schoolgirls and two primary school pupils from Dapchi, Yobe State, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on the 23rd of March 2018, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari pledged to grant amnesty to repentant insurgent members of the Boko Haram sect.
According to president Muhammadu Buhari, his administration is ever ready to accept the unconditional laying down of arms by any member of the Boko Haram group, who show strong commitment in that regard. And to rehabilitate and integrate such repentant members into the larger society.
“This country has suffered enough of hostility. Government is, therefore, appealing to all to embrace peace for the overall development of our people and the country” Buhari added.
The Nigerian government opted for painstaking back-channel negotiations, to achieve such complicated operation for the sake of peace and safety of the innocent victims.
While also appealing to the Chibok community never to lose hope or despair, Buhari said his administration was determined to bring back the remaining Chibok schoolgirls still being held by their abductors.
“Government is, therefore, appealing to all to embrace peace for the overall development of our people and the country”.
The negative impact of social media in publicizing classified operations as well as provocative utterances from government officials was reported by the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, to have posed challenges that almost marred the effort to secure the release of the schoolgirls.
while this presidential move for amnesty is quite welcoming for the sake of peace, some religious and political stakeholders in Nigeria oppose to this move saying it’s a sign of weakness on the part of the government as such people who kill mercilessly, destroy without remorse should never be pardoned for no reason what so ever.
According punchng.com, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the #BringBackOurGirls coalition and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam, have disagreed over the amnesty promised to repentant Boko Haram insurgents by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In what way are they different from armed robbers, kidnappers, ritual killers, and corrupt people that are facing prosecution?
“What kind of government are they running? Where on earth are we having all kinds of messy events being orchestrated by the government? May God deliver Nigeria!” Pastor Bayo Oladeji spoke to punch news