Boko Haram: Amnesty Deal Scam To Defraud Nigeria – Shehu Sani

boko-haram-attacks-yobe-nigeriaRights activist Shehu Sani said yesterday that amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect is a ploy to defraud the government of billions of naira.

Sani, it would be recalled, once led former President Olusegun Obasanjo to visit members of the sect in Maiduguri.

He said: “The amnesty pronouncement by the government is an exercise in futility. It is more of a scam to defraud the Nigerian state of billions of naira. The amnesty announced by the government will not yield any positive result.

“First, it is ill-intentioned because you cannot just declare amnesty for members of Boko Haram and expect them to join the next available bus from their bases and drive down to Abuja waiting to see Jonathan. That is a wishful thinking.


“Before you have an amnesty, you need to have a credible committee of persons. It should not be just appointees of government, but a committee that will be recognised by the government and respected by the sect.

“The committee will be empowered to start off a mediation process by first extracting a commitment of ceasefire from the sect and a commitment from the government that all that is agreed to will be implemented.

“When we have a ceasefire of about eight months, the committee will use the period to take stock of the victims of this violence, the orphans, the widows and the destruction that has been caused as well as the greviances and the victims on the part of members of the sect.

“It should also be given access to visit detention centres where members of Boko Haram and their families or those suspected to be members of the sect are being detained. When you go about this thing step by step, you will achieve result. But what is likely going to happen is that members of the sect will dismiss the amnesty, condemn the committee.

“Don’t forget that traditional rulers in the North, including the Sultan, are themselves target of the sect. So, if you make such people members of the committee, I think you have not really gotten neutral persons that will address the problem.

“So, for me, there are people whose idea of amnesty is extracting billions of naira and dollars from the federal government in the name of distributing it to members of Boko Haram who have never made any financial request. At the end of the day, a regime of scam will become the amnesty deal.”


  1. Shehu Sani has aid it all, that is true talk. One more thing is that government accepting defeat from Boko haram. terror group. Is not a good thing for the citizen of this country at all. But we do understood, this is how far the government can go in the fight against terrorist, what a shame.

  2. Mr shehu Sanni you are right.But the government has tried to make “Boko Harram” to come out and talk with them.They (Boko Harram) refused on account that thier evil agendas must be met first.That is to say that the government must surrender to them first.Sacrilege!Now some idiots are calling for amnesty and or finanacial settlement of the satanic cult(Boko Haram) after all they have done and the way they did it.Who told them that The North is for Mohamedians alone?What about the 35 to 40 per cent Northern indigens whose ancestral land is the North but are Christians and Animist.Shold they be ejected from their homes or be killed simply because they refuse to embrace Islam?If Usman Danfodio could not by force of arms convert them to his faith then nobody can, including Boko Harram either now or in the future forever.
    By the way those talking about financial settlement where would the money come from.Is it from our oil money?Foul game!Let the states they come from decide on what to do or how to settle them if they can.The militants from Soutt South had a clear goal understood by United Nations and reasonable Nigerians.They fought for their right denied them on false assumption of one Nigeria.Nigeria did not deny Boko Harram anything to justify the carnage they have caused us and so should not be pardoned at all.Militants from Niger Delta were rehabilited by what they have(oil) and so Boko Harram should be done same with what their States have.Certainly not oil from the pagans Land as they refer to us(who cares anyway for God know his people.)It is money from the Southern Nigeria that is sustaining the North. Boko Haram should know this.
    As for Gen. Buhari,shame to him.When Boko haram asked him as one of their suspected sponsor to go and represnt them and their stupid demands he declined to do so..How is it that suddenly he is now amnesty champion for them?We already knew that Buhari wanted to use Boko Harram to undo President Jonathan.
    Please the F.G. Should maintain their stand not to grant amnesty to Boko Harram or allow opportunists to use the matter to enrich themselves.


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