National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani, has said the proposed amnesty for members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, can only be complete if compensation for victims of the sect’s activities are compensated.
The ACF secretary who made this position known on Sunday, said it was important for all Nigerians to give the committee set up by the Federal Government a chance to succeed.
According to him, since Government’s aim of setting up the committee is to find a lasting solution to the insurgency, it was important for all, who have useful suggestions to make, to come forward.
Sani said, “The setting up of a committee to look at the viability of granting amnesty is the beginning of a process. It is alright to consider compensation for victims. The amnesty is to stop the violence, it does not stop compensation for victims. Nigeria should also have a counter-terrorism strategy.
“What we should be concentrating on now is how to achieve lasting peace. If the Federal Government is making an offer, it has to make it with conditions; it is not going to be unconditional.
“I agree with those who say we should look at the demands the implications so that the President will have the correct data to work with.”