This Day (Lagos)

10 April 2013

Nigeria: Amnesty Key to Restoring Peace in the North, Says Wamakko

Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, Wednesday described the Committee set up by the Federal Government to look into the feasibility of granting amnesty to the Boko Haram sect as a welcome development, saying granting pardon to the insurgents is key to restoring peace in the North.

Wamakko, who made the remark on Radio France International(RFI) Hausa service monitored in Sokoto Monday, maintained that granting amnesty to the insurgents was the only option available to restore peace in the beleaguered region.

He pointed out that without granting pardon to the insurgents, it would be difficult for members of the sect to drop their arms and stop the warfare.

"How can you fight people that you don't see, how can you fight people that are faceless. It is an exercise in futility and there is no way the Federal Government will record victory by using force against the insurgents", he said.

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