The apex northern sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has said that the offer of unconditional amnesty by the Federal Government to Boko Haram terrorists or any other groups who surrender their arms, denounce their militancy and then pledge their loyalty to the government is a welcome development considering the insecurity posed by the insurgence in the last nine years.
ACF in a statement issued and signed by its national publicity secretary Muhammad Ibrahim Biu and made available to newsmen yesterday recalled that the Biafran rebels and Niger Delta militants who denounced their rebellion and militancy against the state were not only granted amnesty but also empowered with skills and re-integrated into the society to contribute to its socioeconomic development.
According to ACF, the spirit of amnesty is therefore to stop the killings, destruction of property and also denounce further rebellion and militancy. “So, any step taken by the Government to end the current security challenges in the country cannot be too costly as long as it is done in accordance with worldwide best practices.
“ACF therefore urges the insurgents and other militia groups to lay down their arms and embrace the Federal Government’s offer of amnesty as the only means to peaceful coexistence and development”.
ACF averred that the amnesty offer by the federal government will also pave way for Nigeria to pursue order, justice, liberty, peace and prosperity for all.