25 July 2011
•Sect doesn’t deserve amnesty, says Ijaw group
From the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Western Zone came a warning at the weekend on President Goodluck Jonathan not to grant amnesty to the Boko Haram fundamentalists. The sect had made Borno and other states in the North ungovernable recently. With the warning came a damning verdict from Gen Muhammadu Buhari saying the government can’t handle the sect.
And bothered by the attacks in Northern parts of the country by suspected Boko Haram members, churches now frisk their congregation at the gates before being allowed entry. A number of churches had been bombed lately by people suspected to be Boko Haram, even as a director in the Amnesty Office in the Presidency called for a programme to cater for youths.
But the IYC argued that there was no comparison between the Niger Delta militants and the Boko Haram sect. It decried the comparison of the Islamic fundamentalists and Niger Delta combatants.