NEWS: Jonathan Declares Amnesty For Boko Haram Members - Minister

Published On: May 29, 2014, 9:35 pm (6 years ago)
Author: Victor A. Ofoma
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Before you read this, a source at the Nigerian Presidency has denied this story. But all the same, local media reports have quoted the Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, on Thursday as saying that President Goodluck Jonathan has announced amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect as parts of his administration’s youths-friendly programmes and policies.

Haruna reportedly disclosed this at a special event tagged “A day with young leaders of Nigeria” to mark the nation’s Democracy Day in Abuja. The minister said:

 “President Goodluck Jonathan has also declared amnesty for members of the Boko

Haram sect. Series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the Federal Government, to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into the amnesty programme.”

But journalist Fidelis says he spoke to a source at the Nigeria presidency who has refuted reports of the amnesty offer to Boko Haram. Abati, Reno Omokri are yet to say anything.





Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 09:35 PM | Gistmaniac
Amnesty what? That will never happen, never!
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 09:52 PM | Addicted Hero
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Fake news !
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:07 PM | Hero
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AMNESTY???MR PRESIDENT,.....IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DIVIDE THE COUNTRY,,,,BIAFRANS WHO WAS KILLED DURING THE WAR HAVEN'T BEEN GIVEN ANY COMPENSATION TILL TODAY,DESPITE THE FACT THE IGBO'S HAVE BAD LEADERS WHO TAKE BRIBE FROM THE NORTH....BIAFRANS DEMAND AMNESTY AND THAT AMNESTY IS GIVE US BIAFRA.......FREEDOM FOR BIAFRANS,...WE DON'T NEED TO BE NIGERIA ANYMORE..
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:08 PM | Gistmaniac
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Ok

Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:10 PM | Gistmaniac
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How true is dis news? Cus I no trust all dis journalist and naijapals too
Reserving my comeents till am sure.
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:12 PM | Hero
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Wat rubbish!!! Pls get ur fact well b4 posting then
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:19 PM | Addicted Hero
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 Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:24 PM | Addicted Hero
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Abuja (AFP) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday vowed "total war against terrorism" following last month's mass abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram Islamists amid news of attacks in three border villages that claimed 35 lives.

Jonathan said in an address marking 15 years since the return of civilian rule to Nigeria that no efforts would be spared to rescue the more than 200 girls kidnapped from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok in Borno state on April 14.

"I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability by waging a total war against terrorism," he said.

"The unity and stability of our country, and the protection of lives and property are non-negotiable," he added.

But on the same day as his vow to end the violence a military source and residents said Boko Haram had killed 35 people in separate attacks on three villages near the border with Cameroon, opening fire on villagers and torching homes.

"Boko Haram attacked the three villages Wednesday morning in which 35 people were killed," a military officer in the Borno state capital Maiduguri told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The insurgents hurled petrol bombs into homes, setting them ablaze and shot residents as they tried to escape," he said.

Africa's most populous country and biggest economy, which returned to democracy on May 29, 1999, after nearly 16 years of military rule, has been blighted over the past five years by an Islamist insurgency in the north and central regions that has claimed thousands of lives.

The daring abduction of the teenage girls which sparked global outrage has drawn unprecedented attention to Boko Haram's extremist uprising with several foreign countries like the United States, Britain, France and China offering military aid and intelligence.

"I have instructed our security forces to launch a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil," Jonathan said.

"I have also authorised the security forces to use any means necessary under the law to ensure that this is done. I assure you that Nigeria will be safe again, and that these thugs will be driven away," he vowed.

- Blaming 'foreign elements' -

Jonathan linked the Boko Haram group with foreign organisations such as Al Qaeda.

"For our citizens who have joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists in the misguided belief that violence can possibly solve their problems, our doors remain open to them for dialogue and reconciliation, if they renounce terrorism and embrace peace," he said.

Nigeria is increasingly keen to blame outside forces for the Boko Haram violence, but experts largely reject this claim and instead see the violence as largely domestically inspired.

There are also suggestions that Nigeria lacks the capacity to end the insurgency as acute poverty, illiteracy, underdevelopment, unemployment and official corruption mainly in the north have continued to fuel the violence.

"It is a sad fact that as I address you today, all the gains of the past 15 years of democratic governance in our country are threatened by the presence of international terrorism on our shores," Jonathan said.

"Our dear country, Nigeria, is facing a new challenge. A war has been unleashed on us. Extremist foreign elements, collaborating with some of our misguided citizens, are focused on an attempt to bring down our country and the democracy and freedom we cherish and celebrate today," he said.

Jonathan however appealed to the Islamists to renounce violence and embrace peace.

"My government, while pursuing security measures, will explore all options, including a readiness to accept unconditional renunciation of violence by insurgents, and to ensure their de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and re-integration into the broader society," he added.

As part of efforts to galvanise local and global attention to the plight of the abducted schoolgirls, some 200 protesters, including Nollyhood stars, held a peaceful rally in Lagos on Thursday.

The government has faced increasing criticisms over its slow response to the abduction.

Boko Haram which means "Western education is forbidden", has stepped up deadly raids in northeast Nigeria in recent months, pillaging and burning entire villages and killing residents as part of its violent campaign to establish an Islamic state in the north.

In the latest attacks residents said dozens of Boko Haram gunmen dressed in military uniform stormed Gumushi, Amuda and Arbokko near Cameroon, opening fire on residents and torching homes.

The military put the death toll in Gumushi at 26, but local media said it was as high as 42.

Witnesses said the gunmen also launched coordinated attacks on the neighbouring farming villages of Amuda and Arbokko, killing nine people and destroying scores of houses.

A state of emergency has been in place in Borno and two neighbouring states of Adamawa and Yobe since May last year.
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:34 PM | Gistmaniac
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***CONFUSION***IN THE HIGHEST ORDER***
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:36 PM | Upcoming
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BOKO AMNESTY???MR PRESIDENT,.....IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DIVIDE THE COUNTRY,,,,BIAFRANS WHO WAS KILLED DURING THE WAR HAVEN'T BEEN GIVEN ANY COMPENSATION TILL TODAY,DESPITE THE FACT THE IGBO'S HAVE BAD LEADERS WHO TAKE BRIBE FROM THE NORTH....BIAFRANS DEMAND AMNESTY AND THAT AMNESTY IS GIVE US BIAFRA.......FREEDOM FOR BIAFRANS,...WE DON'T NEED TO BE NIGERIA ANYMORE..
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:38 PM | Gistmaniac
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Noted
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:46 PM | Gistmaniac
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Am singing
Black black black sheep...
Hav u any wool?
Yes sir 2x
3 bags full.
.......
I de com first b4 I coment
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 10:54 PM | Upcoming
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Quote from: otagermo on 29-05-2014 10:46 PM
Noted
.,.,.,OLODO
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 11:13 PM | Gistmaniac
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Only Nigeria negotiates and pays people causing havoc in it.

Nigeria.....I hail oooo
Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 11:28 PM | Hero
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GEJ cannot be trusted..... Huh?

Posted: (6 years ago) on 29-05-2014 11:57 PM | Hero
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TRUE TALK
Posted: (6 years ago) on 30-05-2014 01:01 AM | Addicted Hero
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AMNESTY FOR BOKO HARAM?Huh??NOOOOOOO,E NO GO HAPEN, EVEN ANIMAL WILL NEVER DECLARE SUCH THING.
Posted: (6 years ago) on 30-05-2014 01:25 AM | Upcoming
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sponsors of this animals muslims are some of the northern leaders they brought the boko haram to distabilise this administration but now they have taking morethan they bargain for what goes around come s around they say they will make the nation ungovernable for goodluck now fire who know not its master is burning hard on them them ppl should blame mr president instead of  telling the truth and face reality
when mr president wa to bring foreign aid like the america at the beginning of it the northern leaders all gathered and went to meetb the president and told him that they objeted to his idea and warned him not to bring the foreign aid they were asking the president to free member of the boko haram cought at that time which actually took place and the member went back to regroup  now the same ppl are are blaming the president the abducted girls
my cry is that the southern deligate who suppose to fight for our freedom those blood socking muslems at the ongoing national conference are there doing otherwise are bribethe north want islamic state and we want our own state so why not split everyone with what he like if we don't do it now our future and the future of childre is at stake remamber amalgamation brought us together so we have never be one and cannever be
Posted: (6 years ago) on 30-05-2014 03:26 AM | Upcoming
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It's also time to give Amnesty to MAssob members. 
Posted: (6 years ago) on 30-05-2014 03:30 AM | Upcoming
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