The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) has warned that the proposed amnesty to the Islamic sect, Boko Haram by the Federal Government is nothing but the legalisation of terrorism in the country.
Speaking in Abuja, President of YOWICAN, Dr. Simon Dolly explained that granting amnesty to Boko Haram “would have been given more muscles to deal with Christian youths”, who in the North had all along been marginalized by the same advocates of the pardon.
Dolly therefore appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan “not to be cowed by politicians and few misfits and naturally rebellious persons in the North, who are attempting to use the Boko Haram insurgency as a bait to correct what they have failed to do, while they were in power”.
The YOWICAN president noted that those citing injustice, poverty and unemployment to justify the violence by the sect were not sincere, wondering if the poverty and unemployment were peculiar to Muslims in the North alone.
According to him, “are Christian youths in the North and indeed all over Nigeria not affected by growing unemployment, injustice and poverty? Would President Jonathan accede to requests for amnesty from MASSOB, OPC, Middle Belt and other groups with legitimate complaints against the Federal Government, if tomorrow they pick up arms to advance their causes?” adding that “the Federal Government should be prepared to face perhaps more deadly and sophisticated response, if amnesty is granted to willful murderers masquerading as political and religious insurgents, who do not respect the basic tenets of humanity and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Dolly maintained that “it is injustice if Almajari schools are built for the Muslim youths alone and funded by tax payers’ money.”
YOWICAN said the government should consolidate on the progress made so far by security operatives by arresting political leaders whose utterances and actions have implicated.