The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has once again been criticized for his call that members of the militant sect, Boko Haram, be granted amnesty. This request has been described as disappointing and baseless by the Prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr Sunday Ola Makinde.
Makinde made this known while addressing newsmen during the 51st annual synod of the church in Ibadan, on Friday. The theme of the synod was “If God had not been on our side” and Ola Makinde stressed that a change of attitude, God fearing leadership and the resolve to end corruption should be the key to moving the nation forward.
His words: “I am unhappy with the Sultan’s statement about amnesty for the Boko Haram sect. Traditional and Religious leaders should be custodians of morality and should not condone illegality. Could a faceless group be given amnesty, even if it were deserved…? The activities of the Boko Haram sect should not be equated to the Niger Delta militants, who were fighting for resource control and against land pollution. What resource control is the sect fighting for? We just found out that 83 per cent of oil blocks were controlled by the north. We must pray against revolution in the Nigeria”, he said.