- Senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity Malam Garba Shehu disclosed why Boko Haram deserves amnesty
- Garba Shehu declared that it is proverbially said that all wars end up in the boardroom
- He maintained that if Boko Baram would lay down their arms and stop fighting and stop preaching that negative ideology, the country should be able to embrace them
Presidency has explained the importance amnesty in making the Boko Haram insurgents drop their arms, embrace peace, stop bloodshed and save resources for the country.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, in an interview said whoever is peddling these rumours that Boko Haram is being granted amnesty and so on,
Garba Shehu declared that it is proverbially said, all wars end up in the boardroom adding that anybody can defeat his enemy technically in the field but at the end, you must come to the conference room to resolve all issues.
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According to him, ''Well, I hope you also realise that the social media has brought a lot of good things to the world and it has also brought a lot of problems not only in Nigeria but everywhere in the world.
''Nations of the world are talking about regulations and control, this is happening in Germany in the UK, even the US, you see that a lot of these technology companies are being fined for infringements that they cause.
''The thing is that there is a tendency to see things from a negative point of view when your point of view is shaped and coloured by the social media. It’s always been heard that the default position of social media itself is to be negative, so people have turned out to ignore grand reality and project images that are very negative.
“Otherwise I wonder, this is an administration that has done extremely well and to a President who has sworn to an oath to defend the constitution and protect every life and property, it is very unfair and uncharitable to say that he will shield anybody.
''You see, it has to take everyone at various levels of authority to shield somebody from the law in those circumstances, and the President himself, his passion is for the country, this is a President whose passion is not even for the office, even when everyone is asking him to go for a second term, he is keeping quiet because his focus remains the nation and the problem of the country.
''Whoever is peddling these rumours that Boko Haram is being granted amnesty and so on, I would ask them who doesn’t want to make peace with the enemy? In any case, as it is proverbially said, all wars end up in the boardroom.
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''You can defeat people technically in the field but at the end, you must come to the conference room to resolve all issues.
''So, if Boko Baram would lay down their arms and stop fighting and stop preaching that negative ideology, the country should be able to embrace them, welcome all of them so that they continue to live normal lives and be useful to the nation.
''What that means is that we will be saving cost, saving lives that are being lost through bombing, killing of service personnel and we will be saving money that we are using to procure weapons so that such money can go into services and infrastructure and welfare of the citizens of this country. It is a win-win situation.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the federal government’s amnesty offer to Boko Haram insurgents has been condemned by the founder of the Oodua People’s Congress, Fredrick Fasehun.
In a statement released on Wednesday, March 28, the OPC founder described the move as an insult to the dead and internally displaced victims of the anti-western education terrorists.
Fasehun also described the offer as “irrational and inciting,” and questioned the government’s rationale. He further stated that the offer is proof that the government’s claim of defeating the terrorist group was simply propaganda.
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