Leadership (Abuja)

19 April 2013

Nigeria: Datti Ahmed Rejects Amnesty Committee

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Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, President-General of the Supreme Council for Shari’a in Nigeria (SCSN)

The Boko Haram amnesty committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday suffered yet another blow as a second nominee, Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, pulled out of the committee, Saharareporters reports.

Dr. Datti, a renowned doctor and president of the Supreme Council of Sharia in Nigeria, is the second person to pull out of the committee in the last 24 hours.

A civil rights activist and president of Kaduna-based Civil Rights Congress (CRC), Mr Shehu Sanni, pulled out of the committee through an announcement on twitter on Wednesday.

Sanni added that President Goodluck Jonathan did not contact him before including his name in the committee.

Borno elders warn President Jonathan over security pact with US

Meanwhile, Borno Elders and Leaders of Thought (BELT) has called on the federal government to initiate a genuine process of dialogue with the Boko Haram sect without further delay on the grounds that the security situation in the country is worsening with the continued serial killings and bombings that claimed over 450 lives this month alone.

The elders also warned Jonathan against a defence pact and security surveillance with the United States in protecting the country against terrorism.

The elders stated this in a press statement signed by an elder statesman and former minister for steel and petroleum resources in the defunct First Republic, Alhaji Shettima Ali Monguno, and made available to journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The elders said "it is only when the real sect embraces peace that we shall identify those who are hijacking the process of violence to pursue their criminal agenda," adding that the people of Borno are never known for aggression against any ethnic or religious groups, while "the compatriots from other parts of the country that live with us could bear witness".

On the dangers of defense pact with the US, Monguno said: "It is unconstitutional to deploy foreign troops in Nigeria; it would certainly be to the detriment of Nigeria to do so. Let our own forces truthfully, sincerely, humanly handle our security challenges.

"They should be told that human life, more so of the innocent, is sacred and the cry of the blood of the innocent is additional doom for the country.

"To the best of our knowledge, Nigeria has never entered a defence pact with any nation. Nigeria does not need any defence pact to protect her. Our armed forces and the police, who served wonderfully well in various peacekeeping operations, are very much capable of protecting our country.

"If they are sincere and truthful in discharging their responsibilities, we have no doubt in our minds that they can effectively handle any situation confronting the nation. Unfortunately, their rules of engagement seem to give them away. They seem to be lacking the love, confidence and support of the people because of the way and manner they execute their operations, i.e., the amount of killings either by hanging, starving and or shooting of innocent citizens in the so-called interrogation centres."

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