Niger Delta youths under the auspices of the Ijaw Youths Council, IYC Worldwide, has stated that the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to grant amnesty to repentant members of Boko Haram would be the “worst setback” to the battle against terrorism.
In a statement signed by its President, Pereotubo Oweilaemi, Esq., the group stressed that Buhari should not be thinking of offering amnesty to the Boko Haram sect members as it should only be given to people who have a genuine cause.
Part of the statement reads, “Niger Delta agitators who were given the Presidential prerogative had a genuine cause that was appreciated by the world over. The Boko Haram sects whose struggle is to disband the spread of Western civilisation should not pampered with Royal honour.
“Some of these so-called repentant Boko Haram members who were released by the Government have returned to the trenches. They were seen in a video clip sent by the sects. It is a faux pas to give such persons amnesty.”
The umbrella body for Ijaw youths, while also reacting to recent allegation by former Defence minister, Gen. T. Y. Danjuma, that the military is not neutral in killings across the country, said the allegation is too weighty to be dismissed with a wave of hand by the government.
The statement read, “We are not comfortable with the response of the Presidency and the defence headquarters. If Buhari is really concerned about the security of Nigerians then he should probe the comment. The security situation in the Niger Delta region is very porous. The herdsmen are everywhere in the region terrorising the people.
“Only recently in December last year, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, former President of IYC narrowly escaped death from the claws of the murderous herdsmen. The laxity of security agencies to the menace Nigerians are facing may attract self-defence.
“Niger Delta people will defend themselves if the Government refuse to take proactive steps to nip the situation in the bud. Virtually, Nigerians in the middle belt and the southern part of the Country are under siege of herdsmen’s invasions. We can’t fold our arms and be killed by these dangerous human species.”