On a day that the Yobe state capital, Damaturu came to a standstill following President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the north eastern state ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency, the president hinted at a possible amnesty deal for the Islamic extremist sect in the future but on the condition that they make their identities known.
“You cannot declare amnesty for ghosts,” Jonathan told an audience of politicians and dignitaries in the Yobe state capital Damaturu, broadcast live on national television.
Jonathan who drew comparison between the 2009 amnesty deal for militants in the oil-producing Niger Delta region, where he is from and the calls by some prominent northerners that the same treatment be extended to Boko Haram, Jonathan explained:
“In the Niger Delta, if you call them, they come and they will tell you their grievances. “But Boko Haram, I don’t see anybody who says they are Boko Haram.”
While in Yobe State, the president is expected to commission projects at a 200-capacity bed hospital, Yobe state University, 300-units Housing Estate and an 18 km dual carriage ring road.