A former Lagos State police commissioner and member of the 41-man Northern States Governors’ Forum Committee for rehabilitation, healing and security, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan’s planned first visit to Borno and Yobe states will amount to mere 2015 campaign if he refuses to declare amnesty for Boko Haram militants.
Tsav said Jonathan’s planned visit is not out of geniuness but out of shame because eight governors of the yet to be registered All Progressive Congress (APC) did so a week ago.
“I have not seen this kind of presidency; that a leader of a country will wait until members of the opposition will visit and sympathize with a part of the country in distress, before he will be moved to also visit his citizens.
“I know there is no genuine reason for the president’s proposed visit to Borno and Yobe. The president is going there because he has been challenged by the recent visit of the 10 governors of APC who are positioning their new party to take over the presidency from the PDP and the president. He is going there because he knows he is going to lose whatever little support he may have had in those parts of the country. The visit is political; it is for 2015. It is a campaign,” he said.
The ex-police chief said “all I will appeal to Mr. President is that he should take general and unconditional amnesty package to Boko Haram during his visit to Borno and Yobe. I am in support of the Sultan of Sokoto’s appeal to the president; and I want to stress too that the visit will have no impact or any significance without the grant of amnesty,” Tsav said.
While extolling the APC governors’ for their even at great risk to their lives and donation of N200 million, Tsav said, “…I am appealing to the president to make his visit there worthwhile by taking an amnesty package, just like his predecessor, the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua did to Niger Delta militants.
“The Niger Delta militants killed soldiers and other security agents, kidnapped and killed expatriates. All I am saying is that President Jonathan should do the same way as his predecessor, by granting an unconditional amnesty to Boko Haram, and that he should rehabilitate them. Yara’adua laid a precedence; that is all I am saying,” he said.