Nigerian Bar Association on Wednesday threw its weight behind the call for an offer of amnesty to members of Boko Haram sect.
The association’s president, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN), said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
Wali said the NBA’s call for amnesty followed the Federal Government’s inability to come up with an alternative strategy to curb the terror groups’ insurgence in the country.
He said there must be an end to the killings of innocent citizens, adding that the government needed to heed the call for amnesty by many prominent Nigerians, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar.
Wali said, “The NBA feels that that government needs to listen to some responsible and reasonable citizens who have call for amnesty for the Boko Haram members.
“The fact remains that thus far, what government has been doing has not been very successful. People are getting killed every day, there is nothing wrong in giving it (amnesty) a shot.
“I mean if such people like the Sultan has called for giving amnesty to them, I think government should pay attention; government should listen and give it a trial. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Apart from the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, Roman Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah; and the Catholic Bishop of Abuja Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, also in their Easter messages, backed the call for amnesty to members of Boko Haram.
Kukah had said though the offer would not solve all the nation’s problems, “it will bring us closer to a new dawn”.
Wali rejected argument by the Federal Government that it could not offer amnesty to a group that is faceless like Boko Haram.
“Let them play their own part first. The Sultan has spoken, saying ‘give them amnesty’. So make the offer, if nobody comes out, it won’t be your problem, you will know you have played your own part,” he said.