Alhaji Usman Faruk, a former military governor of defunct North-Western state, yesterday berated President Goodluck Jonathan for refusing to grant amnesty to members of Boko Haram as proposed by Northern leaders.
The former governor said President Jonathan’s refusal to consider the amnesty as advocated by the Northern leaders is undemocratic.
“All leaders have spoken on the need for amnesty for the Boko Haram sect as a way of returning peace to North. If an elected president does not take the wise advice of the people, then this is not democracy,” he said.
Justifying his support for the amnesty option, Faruk said, “Granting amnesty to the sect will make their leaders to come out and talk with the government on their grievances. The government on it part will have the opportunity to talk sense to the sect leaders. This is why we are stressing the importance of the amnesty, the only solution to Boko Haram is amnesty.”
He noted that the restiveness in the Niger Delta was addressed during late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s stint in office when he announced and granted amnesty to the militants.
“Federal Government did not only grant amnesty to Biafra soldiers but some of them were re-absorbed and we had peace at that time. What we need in the North is peace in order for us to return to the path of development,” he said.