FG Undecided On Members Of Boko Haram Amnesty Committee

The Federal Government on Wednesday kept mum on the progress report on its efforts aimed at granting amnesty to members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

State House correspondents had sought to know from the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, on how far the committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan during a meeting with security chiefs last week to look at the various clamour for amnesty and its feasibility had gone in their assignment.

They also asked the minister to formally name government officials who are members of the committee.

But Maku refused to comment on the matter.

The minister simply said, “You will be briefed on Boko Haram amnesty as their (the committee’s) work progresses.”

It would be recalled that Jonathan had last Thursday bowed to pressure especially from northern leaders to grant amnesty to members of the Islamic sect that has been responsible for the violence in parts of the country.

The President, during a meeting he held with security chiefs, set up a committee that will work with the Office of the National Security Adviser to consider the clamour for amnesty for the sect and the merits of the calls.