Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai has called on the federal government to explore the option of granting amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect as requested by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammad Saad Abubakar (III).
He stated that the sole use of military force to tackle the insurgency can't work as it has never worked in any part of the world.
“There is nowhere in the world where insurgencies have been defeated using force alone. You must have a carrot and stick approach and if amnesty is that carrot that will lead us to some peace in the country, I think it is worth exploring.”
The Former Minister of FCT made this known on Channels Television's breakfast programme Sunrise Daily, where he also faulted President Goodluck Jonathan’s claim that the members of the fundamentalist sect are ghosts.
According to him “it is very disingenuous for President Jonathan to say that Boko Haram members are ghosts because the federal government have made several statements on its relations and discussions with the sect.”
“It is very disingenuous for security operatives to say that they don’t know Boko members when over 1,000 members have been arrested and are in detention” he added.He further accused the government of being disinterested in resolving the issue and is trying to encourage the uprising with a view at destroying a part of the country.
The politician alleged that “the government just want this (insurgency) to continue because it profitable for the security agencies with more money being budgeted for them.”