Why we are giving amnesty to Boko Haram – Presidency

By on April 2, 2018

The Presidency has explained why  President Muhammadu Buhari is offering amnesty to repentant Boko Haram members.

According to the senior special assistant on media and publicity to President Muhammad Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu’ The amnesty will make them to be “useful to the nation”.

Recall that Buhari, while receiving the released Dapchi schoolgirls on March 23, had offered unconditional amnesty to repentant Boko Haram terrorists.

Garba Shehu, while addressing State House correspondents in Abuja, on Sunday, described the amnesty extended to repentant terrorists as a “win-win situation”.

Shehu said the measure would help the government save cost by channelling funds used in the war against insurgency to other areas.

According to him, “It is proverbially said all wars end up in the boardroom. You can defeat people technically on the field but at the end, you must come to the conference room to resolve all issues.
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“So, if Boko Haram would lay down their arms and stop fighting and stop preaching their negative ideology, the country should be able to embrace them; welcome all of them so that they continue to live normal lives and be useful to the nation.

“What that means is that we will be saving cost, saving lives that are being lost through bombing, killing of service personnel and we will be saving money that we are using to procure weapons so that such money can go into services and infrastructure and welfare of the citizens of this country. It is a win-win situation.

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