Boko Haram: Amnesty Can’t Be Undertaken In A Vacuum – Osuntokun
A public affairs analyst and former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Akin Osuntokun on Tuesday said before the government can consider granting Amnesty for the members of extremist group, Boko Haram, the group must have a structure.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Osuntokun said the situation is not that of the government versus the Boko Haram sect but is a case that should involve all Nigerians.
He said, “I personally would have wished that General Buhari (Muhammadu Buhari) would have lent his status to helping in mediating in some kind of peace but he flats out rejectedly.”
Asked why he believed General Buhari was in better stead to mediate with the extremist sect, Mr Osuntokun said it was because the former head of state possess credibility and integrity that the sect leadership can trust.