The President General of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo has said that move to grant amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents confirms that President Muhammadu Buhari shares the same Ideology with the terrorist group.
The groups said incentivising terrorists through an agency would mean an approval of the killings, maiming and kidnapping of Nigerians by the group.
The leaders of the zones viewed the development as capable of compounding insecurity and dividing the country, while some youths saw the development a step to fast-track
The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said
“The president continues to confirm that he shares some ideological affinity with Boko Haram. How can you offer amnesty to captured aggressors whose remorse is induced by hopelessness rather than genuine change of mind?
“How can you categorise armless IPOB as terrorists and give amnesty to unrepentant aggressors? This duplicity of standards and undisguised bias betray his oath of office and deepens our divide in the country.
“If Boko Haram is granted amnesty, other self-determination groups are being indirectly encouraged to become armed and militant.”
The Executive Director, Civil Liberties Organisation, Ibuchukwu Ezike also support the motion that
“Again when somebody is motivated to take an action against the state or the people, there is something that you can say is making the person to take up arms against the state and you will begin to talk of doing something to assuage his anger. In this case, nobody has told us why they took up arms. They set homes and communities on fire without justification and have made millions of widows in the society as well as made several people live in asylum,” he said.