Following the rejection of the Federal Government’s consideration of amnesty for members of Boko Haram by leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, the Northern Traditional Rulers Council has insisted that the FG should go ahead with the plan.
The council made the call in a resolution after it’s meeting held at the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III.
In the statement issued by the coordinating secretary of the council, Alhaji Najib Hussaini Adamu who also doubles as Emir of Kazaure, the body of traditional rulers from the North called for decisive action from the Federal Government to curb the “unfortunate escalation of insecurity in the country.”
The statement stated that: “The meeting calls on the Federal Government to consider dialogue as the better option in resolving the crises. To this end, the federal government is called upon to reconsider its stand and offer amnesty to the insurgents who embrace the path of peace, reformation and reintegration with the larger society. This is the norm the world over and there exists a precedent in Nigeria.”
The council further noted that the violence was not targeted at non-Muslims as the majority of the victims were Muslims; citing attempts on the lives of Emir of Kano, Shehu of Borno and Emir of Fika as testimonies to this fact.
The Northern Traditional Rulers Council also expressed their condolences to families who have lost their relatives in the reign of terror launched by Boko Haram.