The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday rejected suggestion by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, that members of the Boko Haram be offered amnesty.
This is contained in a statement issued and signed in Abuja by the CAN General Secretary, Dr Musa Asake.
The association said that it wondered the kind of amnesty proposed by the monarch and advised the Federal Government to reject such suggestion.
It, however, welcomed the idea of a stakeholders’ meeting to genuinely discuss the issues that concern the development of the country.
“We wonder the kind of amnesty contemplated by the Sultan, this is why we are puzzled. We therefore say categorically that we reject any offer of amnesty for members of the Boko Haram.
“We ask government to do same. One group of people cannot continue to pay the price for one Nigeria. We must sit together as brothers and discuss issues,’’ the statement added.
It said that for the talk about amnesty to hold water, the group must first of all renounce their extreme ideology and embrace the cease fire plan. (NAN)