Emir of Anka in Zamfara State, Alhaji Attaihiru Ahmad , has kicked against call on President Goodluck Jonathan to grant members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, amnesty in order for them to lay down their arms.
Sultan of Sokoto and President General of Nigerian Muslims, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll had during the annual Central Council meeting of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam in Kaduna asked President Goodluck Jonathan to use the opportunity of his visit to Maiduguri where the sect had unleashed terror on Nigerians since 2009 to grant members of the sect total amnesty.
The Sultan had said;“We have been hearing about terrorism everywhere every day, I want to use this opportunity to say that we have heard in the news that Mr. President will be visiting Maiduguri in a couple of days.
“We want to use this opportunity to call on the government especially Mr. President to see how he can declare total amnesty to all combatants without thinking twice, that will make any other person who picks up arms to be termed as a criminal, if the amnesty is declared the majority of those young men who have been running would come out and embrace that amnesty and some of them have already come out because we have heard some of the stories in the papers.
“Even if it is one person and he denounces terrorism it is the duty of government to accept that one person and see how he can be used to reach others.
Whether it is true or not the government should accept that person first, evaluate him and see whether he is genuine or fake.”