The Christian Association of Nigeria, the #BringBackOurGirls coalition and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar lll-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam, have disagreed over the amnesty promised to repentant Boko Haram insurgents.

The President on Friday promised to grant amnesty to members of the sect who are ready to drop their arms and embrace peace.

Buhari made the announcement while receiving girls who were abducted from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State last month and released on Wednesday.

But while the JNI said the amnesty promised to repentant Boko Haram insurgents is a welcome development to the peace efforts of the government, CAN opposed the move.

CAN described it as a sign of “weakness on the part of the government.”

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The media aide to the CAN President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji said, “Why grant amnesty to criminals who have killed many people? It shows weakness on the part of the government or sympathy for them as being speculated.

“In what way are they different from armed robbers, kidnappers, ritual killers, and corrupt people that are facing prosecution?

“What kind of government are they running? Where on earth are we having all kinds of messy events being orchestrated by the government? May God deliver Nigeria!”

The # BBOG said some insurgents that were freed in the past later backtracked and unleashed terror on the people.

The group questioned the rationale behind the move, noting that the government had not presented any strategy for preventing freed terror suspects from going back to their evil deeds.


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