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Nigerian Presidential Commission to Discuss Boko Haram Amnesty

Suspected members of the Abu Mohammed-led faction of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram , Bashir Ibrhim (L), Ibrahim Habibu (C) and Gambo Maiborodi, are presented to the media while awaiting official charges for alleged involvement in the kidnap and killSuspected members of the Abu Mohammed-led faction of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram , Bashir Ibrhim (L), Ibrahim Habibu (C) and Gambo Maiborodi, are presented to the media while awaiting official charges for alleged involvement in the kidnap and kill
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Suspected members of the Abu Mohammed-led faction of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram , Bashir Ibrhim (L), Ibrahim Habibu (C) and Gambo Maiborodi, are presented to the media while awaiting official charges for alleged involvement in the kidnap and kill
Suspected members of the Abu Mohammed-led faction of the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram , Bashir Ibrhim (L), Ibrahim Habibu (C) and Gambo Maiborodi, are presented to the media while awaiting official charges for alleged involvement in the kidnap and kill
Peter Clottey
Possible measures that would grant amnesty to members of the militant group Boko Haram are to be reviewed this week by a commission established by Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Barrister Solomon Dalong, a leading member of the Boko Haram Commission, says Nigeria has granted amnesty to several groups as part of efforts by previous governments to end violence and stabilize the country.

“It is a solution being brought in to assist a perennial problem that escalates on daily basis.  Simply put, we are trying to solve the problem in our own way.”

Dalong dismissed suggestions that granting amnesty to members of Boko Haram is a bad precedent that will encourage people to take up arms against the government, terrorize citizens, and threaten the country’s investment potential.

“What is the basis of people carrying arms against the Nigerian state?  We must go back and look at it.  And that is one of the reasons why this committee that is going to handle the issue of amnesty should also be given time, to take a look at some of the remote causes and the fundamental issues that has generated this type of problem,” said Dalong.

Human Rights Watch says Boko Haram-related violence has killed 3,000 people since 2009, a toll that includes killings by security forces.

Some observers say the government should not consider granting amnesty to “faceless” insurgents who have killed and maimed thousands of Nigerians with an aim to force the country to adopt strict Islamic law.  Dalong disagrees.

“These are not faceless people, because some people have been arrested by the security services they have been paraded as leaders of this group and they are still in custody ... even if they are faceless, that is the more reason why amnesty is more desirable,” said Dalong.

“These arm carrying groups have been fighting and they have not come in the open,” continued Dalong, “it is only amnesty, the taking away of the criminal responsibility that will make them come out.”

Some Nigerians have criticized the government for failing to resolve the security challenges Boko Haram poses, despite the deployment of the military and other security agencies to parts of the country where the group often operates.

“A situation has been created where the citizens in the affected areas prefer to fraternize with the insurgents than even cooperating with our troops.  And their argument has been that the troops, in carrying out their operation, has abused substantially, rights of innocent citizens,” said Dalong.

The situation is threatening the basic foundation of the nation continued Dalong, “and so we must come up with an alternative strategy that will solve the problem.”

Dalong contends granting amnesty to members of the Boko Haram group will help save lives and property, as well as ensure the country’s unity and stability..
Clottey interverview with Barrister Solomon Dalong, Commission member
Clottey interverview with Barrister Solomon Dalong, Commission memberi
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by: Nnanwa Abel from: Abuja
April 08, 2013 2:42 PM
Committee for boko haram, who are the boko haram? Where are they? Did the president knows where they are? Did the boko haram is know now? Where are they? The gost is know at last . God will help us in this country. The end shall tell, pls as nation let know the course of boko haram as we know for the Niger delta.


by: Dr. Mpakena from: Nigeria
April 08, 2013 9:27 AM
Boko Haram is a malignant Islamic cancerous tumor that will destroy our country. as sure as the Taliban destroyed Afghanistan, Muslim Brotherhood destroyed Egypt, Libya, Turkey, Syria, Algeria, Iran... Goodluck has just bought himself a bit of time... so, what can we expect now... suicide bombings, car bombings, atrocities at our Churches and schools, and preachments by our decaying and revolting Church Officials that we should love our enemies... what we are in great need of here in Nigeria is the indomitable spirit of Israel... lets not forget the real scriptures


by: Ngor Ngor Matem from: Kampala, Uganda.
April 08, 2013 1:05 AM
Many thanks to Nigerian's Good Luck Jonathan for the commission, this is the measures step that we all African and entire world want to be, we only peace in local level, National level, regional level, and at International global level to achieve world peace, once again many thanks.


by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
April 07, 2013 4:24 PM
If you cannot win over the enemy, you try to become friend of the enemy with the net result the enemy win over you. We have seen this system work for the enemy whether it is in Vietnam (Communists), Afghanistan (Taliban) or Nigeria (Boko Harem). Let us wait and see what will happen in Afghanistan and Nigeria.

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