Former judge of Inter-national Court of Justice, ICJ, The Hague, Prince Bola Ajibola, SAN, has called on the Federal Government to revisit the issue of amnesty for Boko Haram in order to create an atmosphere of peace in the country.
Prince Ajibola also argued that it is high time the office of the Attorney-General was separated from the office of the Minister of justice to engender more efficiency and independence.
He spoke at the presentation of Law E-products by Law Pavilion and launch of a book titled, The Attorney General: Chronicles and Perspectives, which was written in his honour by Mr. Olumide Babalola, in conjunction with the Law Pavilion to mark Ajibola’s 79th birthday.
On Boko Haram, the former judge said: “I have always advocated for dialogue, even when a war is fought. At the end of that war, the winner will still need to discuss with the loser to find settlement to the dispute.
“I think there is still need for the government to come together with the Boko Haram insurgents to get them understand that enough is enough. Because if government refuses to grant them amnesty, they will still come back and continue with the attacks, and I think that will not help the nation.”
He said granting of amnesty to the group will help put an end to its renewed onslaught on innocent Nigerians.
“The granting of amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta has brought relative peace and stability to the area. If the government refuses to grant amnesty to Boko Haram they will continue their attacks which is not good for the nation,” Ajibola said.
Meanwhile, Chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic party and four times Federal Minister, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas has aligned himself with the position of President Goodluck Jonathan that amnesty could only be granted to members of Boko Haram when they unmask their identity.