The Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) has urged President Jonathan to learn from the amnesty programme of late President Umaru Yar’Adua in tackling the security challenge posed by the Boko Haram group.
The youth group, which took this position during an emergency meeting in Kaduna at the weekend, lamented the deteriorating security situation in the country and urged the Federal Government to adopt measures similar to those used in reducing the activities of militants in the Niger Delta, to handle members of the sect to arrest the spate of explosions in the North and country in general.
National Chairman of the AYF, Alhaji Ibrahim Gujungu, who read the communiqué of their meeting to newsmen, said it was sad that most of those allegedly in the Boko Haram fold were able Arewa youths who found themselves in their current situation due to socio-economic and political contradictions wrongly garbed in religion.
AYF, he maintained, condemned acts of terrorism in the strongest terms but would not be hypocritical in hoarding the fact that alleged acts of extrajudicial executions in Borno during the arrest of the Yusifiyya leader and others was once of the factors that fuelled the Boko Haram attacks in the country.
He said that the recent attack at the Force Headquarters in was unprecedented in the history of this nation and could go a long way in discouraging the much needed foreign investment to boost the economy.